About the Author

Getting ready for the masquerade ball at the first festival we hosted, The Hands On Literary Festival & Masquerade Ball in New Orleans.
Getting ready for the masquerade ball at the first festival we hosted, The Hands On Literary Festival & Masquerade Ball in New Orleans.
Showing off our rings over smoky dark cocktails at Rolf & Daughters in Nashville, which is AMAZING.
Showing off our rings over smoky dark cocktails at Rolf & Daughters in Nashville, which is AMAZING.

Hi!  I’m Jeni, the voice behind Bonne Bouche Books.  I have a master’s degree in creative writing, and I love to talk and write about food ALMOST as much as I love to eat it and prepare it.  My food philosophy is everything in moderation (except perhaps pizza, which I am sort of obsessed with), though I’ve been a pescetarian for almost ten years now, which means I eat fish and seafood but no beef, chicken, pork, or game.

My childhood was southern, with all the biscuits and gravy a little girl’s heart could desire, my adulthood has been both international and New Orleans based, and on my blog you’ll find food inspired by all of the above. I focus on what I can make at home, though I think I can make most anything at home, and that you can too. I love hosting leisurely brunches and dinner parties.  I think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which is my excuse for trying ALL THE RESTAURANTS. I am regularly inspired by great chefs at great restaurants, and will frequently write about great eateries in my two hometowns of Knoxville, TN and New Orleans, LA, as well as exciting places I discover on my travels.  If I were to sum up my “food style” in one sentence I would say that I am interested in classic dishes, comfort food, and vegetarian/healthful cuisine that someone can reasonably prepare well in a home kitchen.

I also love spice, dry white wine, and creative cocktails.  Happy hour is the BEST hour or three of the day.  I am NOT to be trusted around donuts.  NO WILLPOWER.  Which is why I’m also a part time fitness teacher – I teach spin, yoga, mat Pilates, not-your-grandma’s-water-aerobics, and sculpt classes.  Or at least I do when I’m not pregnant!

 

Teaching myself how to take a proper selfie. This was at The Great Wall of China in the summer of 2015!
Teaching myself how to take a proper selfie. This was at The Great Wall of China in the summer of 2015!
My husband and I in Edinburgh, Scotland in November 2015!
My husband and I in Edinburgh, Scotland last November!

I travel a great deal, and my husband is from London, so we spend as much time in the UK as possible, which is never enough (damn that currency exchange!).  I read all the time, and I read widely.  My husband and I both write fiction, and eventually will publish books of our own, she says, with hopeful determination.  We also run a small literary enterprise called Burlesque Press.  We not only publish a few books a year, but we host a creative writing and literary festival in New Orleans over New Years.  The festival culminates in a masquerade ball, which is what that first picture up there in the corner is from.  What better way to spend New Year’s than eating, drinking, reading, writing, and masquerade-balling in New Orleans, right?

We are here in Knoxville because my husband is working on a PhD.  We have two dogs and two cats, and our first child is on the way, due in August.  Which is starting to sound frightfully close! 🙂

It's a rough life.
It’s a rough life.
Gracie and Melody. They are trouble, but lovable trouble.
Gracie and Melody. They are trouble, but lovable trouble.
August Grace, aka, Graceless, our husky.
August Grace, aka, Graceless, our husky.
Jasper thinks he's a meerkat.
Jasper thinks he’s a meerkat.