Thursday, January 28, 2010
Finding Mr Right through food with Rekaya Gibson
I'm excited - Rekaya Gibson, author of THE FOOD TEMPTRESS is going to kick off her virtual book tour here on Monday Feb 1st! And YOU lucky reader, will have the first opportunity to ask Rekaya anything you want.
WHAT IS 'THE FOOD TEMPTRESS ABOUT?'
The main character, Ambrosia Bourgeois, uses food to seduce men in hopes of creating Mister Right. Paralleling southern cuisine, each short story captures the hearts and minds of different men. When she discovers that her meals fall short of converting the men to her specifications, she moves on to the next one—a total of 16 ranging from the local sheriff to a Bourbon Street musician. “The Food Temptress” serves up a delectable treat connected by Ambrosia’s continuing quest for both romantic and culinary perfection.
WHAT INSPIRED REKAYA TO WRITE 'THE FOOD TEMPTRESS'?
I developed the concept from the adage, “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” I took my interpretation and expanded upon it, using my creativity. As result, I birth “The Food Temptress.”
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF 'AMBROSIA'S' NAME?
The name “Ambrosia” means food or drink of the Gods. If consumed, one will become immortal. In “The Food Temptress,” Ambrosia’s grandmother named her so that she would have immortality.
HOW DOES EACH SHORT STORY PARALLEL SOUTHERN CUISINE?
I use a hint in the chapter title to signify the food Ambrosia will use next. For example in the “Cat Got Your Tongue” chapter, Ambrosia uses catfish as the main dish. In “Green with Envy,” she serves up collard greens. In “The Power of the Pudding,” she makes bread pudding.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR ABROSIA TO FIND HER PERFECT MAN?
Ambrosia wants to find the perfect man for her, not necessarily “a perfect man,” so that she can get married. However, she is not willing to compromise on some things. She struggles to create the dish that will transform a man into her lifelong partner that she craves.
WHICH DISH HAS THE GREATEST IMPACT ON A MAN
The pineapple upside down cake has the greatest impact on a man because it converts a gay man into a straight lover.
WHAT HAPPENS TO WOMEN WHEN THEY EAT AMBROSIA'S FOOD?
When women eat Ambrosia’s food, nothing happens to them. However, a colleague of mine, John Williams, gave me the idea to create a book about men using food to seduce women. It might happen one day soon.
SO WHO IS THIS DEADLY COOK AND WRITER - REKAYA GIBSON???
Rekaya Gibson’s love for food is evident throughout her fiction work, “The Food Temptress,” and her children’s book, “Are There French Fries in Heaven?” Some of her nonfiction articles have appeared in the Cabo Living Magazine, Desert Saints Magazine, and Lake of the Ozarks Second Home Living Magazine. In 2006, she self-published an e-Book, “Wow Them With Your Grant Proposal” under her own e-publishing company, Gibson Girl Publishing Company. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. Rekaya resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can reach her at www.foodtemptress.com