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Picnics, Potlucks and Porch Parties with Aimee Broussard: An O2O Author Interview

Picnics Potlucks & Porch Parties Cover copySummer is the quintessential outdoor dining season. From picnics to BBQs to pool parties, gathering with friends, neighbors, or family to share a meal is a highlight of the season. So it’s the perfect time to introduce you to a new book by Aimee Broussard- Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties: Recipes, Menus, and Ideas for Every Occasion. Aimee’s book features 150+ recipes that are easy to recreate, perfectly portable, and fun to share with others. There’s also 10 complete menu plans included and each of the 15 chapters has a useful tip or creative DIY to enhance your entertaining game.

We were delighted to have the chance to ask Aimee a few questions about her book and the process of writing it. Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at her writing process!

Aimee Broussard- PorchO2O: What was your inspiration for writing this book?

AB: Ironically, a former neighbor inspired my very first porch party. We had a conversation about neighbors not getting to know one another the way that they should and I set out to change that upon moving into my new neighborhood. I hosted a “Patriotic Porch Party” right on my front porch. It’s one of the more popular blog posts and I think it’s because it speaks to what we know is missing in today’s society- the ability to slow down and truly get to know those we share life with. The cookbook is an expansion of that porch party gathering and encourages the sharing of delicious meals with the people you love; family, friends, neighbors, etc.

O2O: What do you say to those who may feel that their porch or deck or patio is not worthy enough for a gathering?

AB: Honestly, I cringe when I hear someone say that they are waiting until their home is just right before they invite people over. The majority of the time, what a person feels isn’t worthy enough is often overlooked by the guests. Your guests are there to enjoy a meal and share conversation, but most importantly they are there to spend time with YOU. And let’s say you don’t have a porch, patio or a deck. I’d tell you to throw a pretty tablecloth on a card table and host your neighbors right in your front yard.

O2O: How did you decide which recipes to include?

AB: The recipes found inside Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties followed 3 simple rules: Is it delicious? Is it portable? Is it easy to recreate with common ingredients in your pantry? Once a recipe hit all 3 marks, it found a home inside the book.

O2O: What surprised you most about the writing process?

AB: Books are a lot of work! It really becomes a job, and especially, if you’re like me and also doing the photography you have to plan your days just as if you were going into the office and reporting to a job.

O2O: What were your writing habits?

AB: Daily schedules saved my life and were really the only way to stay on track with deadlines and remain organized. I had designated days for recipe development, designated days for photography, and designated days for editing. In the beginning, it was overwhelming and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it happen on my own, but once you find a rhythm that works, it’s smooth sailing.

O2O: Was there a writing quote or mantra that kept you inspired?

AB: “Anyone can make mac and cheese, but you’re the only one with a story about why YOUR mac and cheese is the best’.”

It was a pivotal moment when I realized how powerful story telling is. Even in a cookbook.

O2O: What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?

AB: My publisher sent me a copy of The Joy of Writing a Great Cookbook shortly after signing my contract and I highly recommend it for anyone considering writing a cookbook. The writing is the easy part. The real work happens behinds the scenes.

O2O: Will you write another book?

AB: Yes!

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Giveaway!

Aimee has graciously offered a copy of Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties for a One2One Network member. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us which of the three “Ps” is your favorite and why: Picnics, Potlucks, or Porch PartiesGiveaway closes midnight (PT) Sunday, August 14th. Winner will be notified via email on Monday, August 15.

Congrats to Olga, commenter #6, on winning a copy of Picnics, Potlucks & Porch Parties!

More About Aimee

Southern born and raised, Aimee Broussard enjoys living life in the deep South with husband Brian and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Stella, Milo and Murphy. A graduate of Louisiana College, she once haphazardly traded in a career in corporate insurance for the aprons and ovens of her kitchen. AimeeBroussard.com is the online diary of her journey.

*No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Entry period will run from Monday, August 1, 2016 through midnight (PT), Sunday, August 14, 2016. Entries must be received in those time frames to be valid. Contest is open to One2One Network members, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States of America. Winner will be chosen via random draw and notified via email. Please see Official Rules for Giveaways.

7 Comments

  1. Lindsey H says:

    I love potlucks fit the variety in flavor and trying something new!

  2. potluck bc everyone brings something different that they love to eat

  3. Keri justice says:

    Potlucks! Everyone helps by bringing something. It makes it Easier on everyone.

  4. I love picnics, they just scream summer to me.

  5. Would love to win! I enjoy a good Porch Party because it’s a great excuse to not stress about the floors?But also, we just installed a swing for our baby girl on our wrap around porch and I’m starting to add some accessories and furniture to make our wrap-around just an extension of our indoors. It’s been great having breakfast out there with her. We love cocktail time, too!

  6. Porch parties, its a great way to get family and friends over for great food and atmosphere.

  7. My favorite is a pot luck. Then no one gets stuck doing all the work, and you get to sample a bunch of different dishes.