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The After Work Cook a cookbook by Mary Martinez

Please join me in welcoming Mary Martinez as she shares her new cookbook. Take it away, Mary.

I am so excited to have my new cook book out. It’s been five years in the making. And it’s not even that big.

Why a cookbook? Let me tell you a short story. A few years ago, I took a trip with friends and family to the Big Apple. We had a wonderful time, saw a Broadway show, Yankee game, and all the other sights. I’m a picture taker and took over 1000 pictures, I’m so not exaggerating.

When I developed my pictures, I put them into a scrapbook. That’s when I had the shock of my life. I didn’t even recognize myself. Who was that heavy person who sort of had my face? I knew I’d been gaining a bit of weight. But it was now, way more than a bit of weight.

After looking at the pictures and getting the shock of my life I promptly called my doctor. I cried on her shoulder and together we came up with a plan.

It took me a year, but I lost 78 lbs. That was several years ago. I’ve regained some back, but I think it is more that my weight has settled to a healthy level. I still fit in to the clothes I bought after I lost all that weight. I feel great. Once in a while I have to really focus to maintain, but most the time I just do my best to eat smaller portions and only treat myself to high calorie foods on special occasions.

I’m just an everyday working girl who doesn’t have much time to cook who wants to maintain my weight and eat healthy without feeling like I’m on a diet! I’m just an average person, no famous TV or professional Chef. These are my own recipes and some may sound very familiar. They are not complicated, most are very simple. The recipes included in this cookbook allow me to eat what I want.


I'm just like you. I have a career, family and I love food! However, I don't have much time to cook. I want to maintain my weight and eat healthy without feeling like I'm on a diet.

I'm not a famous TV or professional Chef. I'm a home cook and these are my recipes. Some may be familiar to you. It's food we all enjoy. The recipes aren't complicated. So pour a glass of wine and let’s make something to eat.

If you would like more recipes, please visit The After Work Cook Blog. On top of my recipes, I have had guests on to share their favorites.

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Author Bio:

Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!

Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home. With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, Putnum's. They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible. Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery. During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference. Mary also writes as ML Foxx. This is her first jaunt into Fantasy and Sci-Fi, she loves it. It gives her freedom of choice. In her ML persona she also loves to go to the movies and you got it… Watch the Avengers, Dead Pool, among others. Something her hubby doesn't really enjoy but humors her fantasy side. You’ll see more books soon… Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999. GO UTES!

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