A Bad Hair Day Cookbook

  • Publisher: Orange Grove Press
  • Series: The Bad Hair Day Mysteries
  • Release Date: November 19, 2019
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Available Formats: eBook and Paperback
  • Digital: Digital ISBN: 978-0-9997932-4-4
  • Paperback: Print ISBN: 978-0-9997932-5-1

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Clueless about cooking? Hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail shares her favorite recipes in this Bad Hair Day Cozy Mystery Cookbook.

Are you having a bad hair day? Whip out your whisk, snatch up your spoon, and prepare your palate. Inside the pages of this cookbook are recipes that will bring you good cheer.

Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes! Bonuses Include:

  • Meet the Sleuth
  • Introduction by Marla Vail
  • Cooking Tips
  • Excerpts from Series Titles
  • Themed Menu Suggestions
  • “A Sabbath Dinner” by Nancy’s Mother

For home cooks, food lovers, mystery fans, and cookbook collectors

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Awards & Accolades:

Gold Medal Winner in the 2020 FAPA President’s Book Awards
First Place Winner in the 2020 IAN Book of the Year Awards
First Place Winner in the TopShelf Magazine Book Awards
Finalist in the Chanticleer International Book Awards
Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review

     Presidents Book Award    IAN Award Nonfiction
CIBA Finalist    Readers Favorite 

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“Being an empty nester for over a decade, I got out of the habit of cooking and my husband and I eat out all the time. Reading through this cookbook has revived my interest in getting back in the kitchen.” Rhonda Gilliland, Author and Editor of the Cooked to Death Series

“Mysteries and cookbooks belong side by side on readers’ shelves. After untimely death unleashes chaos in fiction, recipe rituals, meal routines, and dining etiquette offer a semblance of civility to restore balance. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook serves up both food and justice.” Christine A. Jackson, Ph.D., Author of Myth and Ritual in Women’s Detective Fiction

“Cozy mysteries and recipes seem to go hand in hand. I love when they also end up being a cookbook too. There are loads of recipes that I have definitely earmarked to try once the holiday season of craziness has ended. If you were a fan of Joanne Fluke’s cookbook, this is definitely one to try. So if you are looking for a fun cookbook and to meet the characters from a great cozy series, give this book a try.” Andrea Guy, A Chick Who Reads

A Bad Hair Day Cookbook by Nancy J. Cohen is a different approach to a cookbook, but one that I enjoyed. I haven’t read any of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, but now I want to learn more about Marla Vail and her detective husband. Marla sounds like a fabulous character…We all need cookbooks, and this one comes with excerpts from mysteries. How many cookbooks can say that? I am giving A Bad Hair Day Cookbook by Nancy J. Cohen, five stars.” Karen Baron, Baroness’ Book Trove

“This cookbook is just chock full of recipes that sound delicious but, maybe more importantly, most of them seem really easy and they’re accompanied by comments from sleuth Marla. Try it, you’ll like it!” Lelia Taylor, Buried Under Books

“I love to cook and I collect cookbooks and recipes. I am always looking for something different and I actually did find a few in the book that I want to try. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook is unique in the way that it shares not only recipes but excerpts and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail.” Kathleen Kelly, CelticLady’s Reviews

“If you are a fan of cozy mysteries you know that some of them discuss food and offer tasty recipes at the end and Nancy J. Cohen has taken that idea even further with her A Bad Hair Day Cookbook. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone who likes to read and cook! Not only does her cookbook offer tantalizing recipes, in very neat and organized chapters but each recipe explains why she is sharing it and in between categorizes she gives the reader a look into some of her Bad Hair Day books. Cohen is the author of 16 books in this series and if you aren’t a fan yet, you must look into these books. And if you are unsure I encourage you to grab the Cookbook and get to know Cohen and her main character Marla Vail.” Missi M., Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“A BAD HAIR DAY COOKBOOK is an easy to read cookbook chock full of recipes and anecdotes from the Bad Hair Day Mystery series. This book is enjoyable to read even if you’re unfamiliar with the mysteries and even if you don’t cook!” Kathy Kaminski, Cozy Up With Kathy

“The number and the variety of recipes included in this book certainly deserves credit, it’s pretty impressive. All the recipes are written in a very precise, easy-to-follow manner and I appreciated none of them looked excessively complicated or time-consuming. Easy, simple yet definitely mouth-watering…Another credit goes to the clever structure of the book; the synopses and excerpts from each book also gave me a good scope of the entire series, and worked as a perfect teaser to whet my appetite. This is a fun cookbook and I am sure this book will serve as your perfect savior for holiday/party season! Grab this book and your whisk, let the fun cooking begin!” Noriko, Diary of a Book Fiend

“There are so many delicious sounding recipes within the book that I can’t wait to give them a go! From appetizers to soups, to entrees and desserts there is bound to be something for everyone in this collection. I loved how throughout the cook book we are greeted with excerpts from Nancy J. Cohen’s Bad Hair Day cozy mystery books, a series that I have not read but after reading the snippets really want to go and read them! Overall this is a great cookbook with a good variety of recipes that any skill level will be able to manage.” Fee at eBook Addicts

“Delicious and non-intimidating recipes for the whole family to enjoy. PLUS we get to read wonderful excerpts from some of my favorite cozy mysteries as well. I always enjoy getting to know more about the characters in my favorite series. Here we are hearing from Marla Vail about the food and traditions and sometimes even what can go not quite perfectly. I especially appreciated the menus for Themed meals and special events. I use my oven more in cooler months and look forward to trying more of the recipes and reading cozy mysteries while they cook and bake.” Laura S. Reading, Laura’s Interests

“A BAD HAIR DAY COOKBOOK brings to readers the amazingly delicious recipes from the series of the same name. Easy, fancy, and favorite standbys, they’re all covered, making this book packed with something for everyone!…The recipes are only a part of this book. You will learn about the sleuth, Marla Vail, read a wonderful introduction by Ms. Cohen, get helpful cooking tips, read excerpts from the books in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries and learn the titles of the books in the series that contain recipes. There are themed menus, holiday dinners, and a delightful article from the author’s mother. I loved everything about this book, and look forward to trying many of the dishes myself…Pick up a copy of A BAD HAIR DAY COOKBOOK. It is a must have for any cozy mystery and/or cookbook fan!” Lisa K’s Book Reviews

“Fans of Nancy Cohen’s prior books already know that her Bad Hair Day series of cozy mysteries are compelling reads, but A Bad Hair Day Cookbook offers something different in presenting recipes by ‘Marla Vail’, the fictional Florida hairstylist and salon owner whose exploits powered Cohen’s Bad Hair Day series. These recipes are anything but fictional, however. They not only supplement the series with a fun nonfiction twist, but emphasize Nancy J. Cohen’s original creations (along with recipes from friends and family), designed for busy cooks who may not be out solving crimes, but whose time is equally challenged. If it’s a quick and easy, tested cookbook that is desired, A Bad Hair Day Cookbook should be the item of choice. And if you’re already a cozy mystery reader of Cohen’s books, this cookbook makes for a delightful complementary volume to the series, and possible gift for any fan of the series.” Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“Having enjoyed every volume in Nancy J. Cohen’s Bad Hair Day Mystery series, I looked forward to the publication of this cookbook. In hand, I can say the result is ample reward for the wait. Marla Shore, the hairdresser/amateur sleuth star of the series, is obviously an accomplished cook. The recipes come from the books in the series. I had wondered why, while reading the books, I often felt a nagging hunger. Now, that hunger can be satisfied.…With the cooking tips, excerpts, and 160 + recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts, A Bad Hair Day Cookbook is a welcome addition to my kitchen. I cannot wait to sample its delights.” Stephanie Saxon Levine, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

“There is really nothing I like more than a good Cozy read and a good ‘ole cookbook. Nancy J. Cohen smart girl just put it all together for me. If you’re a Cozy reader and you love cookbooks then this one is for you… I am looking forward to the chance to try a few recipes. My TBR list just grew too! A Bad Hair Day Cookbook made my 2019 Christmas Suggestions list!” My Reading Journeys

“This is such a great idea for a cookbook: the protagonist sharing her family recipes and stories with the readers. I really enjoyed it and I learned some things to help me in the kitchen. Before each recipe there is a little bit about where the recipe came from. And at the end of each section there is an excerpt from one of the Bad Hair Day books. I thought this was a very clever to incorporate the books with the recipes. There are some really good sounding recipes and I cannot wait to try some of them. I would definitely recommend this cookbook to all cooks, whether you are an expert or just learning to cook. There are recipes included for everyone to love.” JerJen, Open Book Society

“Nancy J. Cohen is a master mystery author. Her Bad Hair Day mysteries are unique and fun to read. Since she included so many food items in her mysteries, she decided to create a cookbook to share the actual recipes. A Bad Hair Day Cookbook not only combines her mystery series with recipes but also includes some family cherished recipes…With a good introduction, this book is not only a treasure to add to any cookbook collection, but a pleasure to read.” Emily-Jane Hills Orford, 5 Stars, Readers’ Favorite

“A Bad Hair Day Cookbook is a great way to find yummy new recipes and a cozy mystery series to try (or keep following) all at the same time. More than ‘just’ a cookbook, this is a fun collection of recipes with a cozy mystery twist sure to tantalize your taste buds and your avid reader radar as well. Cohen also adds a personal touch throughout, from her protagonist as well as the author’s own heritage, and readers will appreciate these meaningful peeks into both lives.” Carrie Schmidt, Reading Is My SuperPower

“I am a cookbook-aholic and always love when authors that include recipes in their books compile them all into one easy location – like a cookbook!  I have been savoring each recipe and while I haven’t made any of them quite yet, I have bookmarked a few to try out on my family and friends. What I also enjoyed about this book was the excerpts from several of the books, noting which recipes were from which book, and the tips and tricks at the beginning.  The recipes include everything from appetizers to desserts and everything in between.” Leslie at Storeybook Reviews

“Social events often revolve around food, so it’s natural for an amateur sleuth to review a case over coffee or lunch with a friend, or slide in a question over dinner—and if there’s one thing the amateur sleuth in Nancy J. Cohen’s Bad Hair Day mystery series loves more than solving crimes, it’s food…For those looking to give this cookbook as a gift this holiday season—or to stuff in their own stocking—THE BAD HAIR DAY COOKBOOK includes a special section on themed menus and special occasion meals. It’s a comprehensive guide to food—with plenty of mouth-watering recipes.” Dawn Ius, The Big Thrill

“This is a cookbook with a fun twist. Not only is it filled with scrumptious recipes, but it has helpful tips and fun stories from the author’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. The series’ hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail shares more than 160 recipes while including a little backstory on each dish. Marla also shares some of her tricks for cooking and clues you in on some of her unusual adventures. The cookbook is a great way to meet the sleuth and her family or reconnect with them if you’re already a fan of the series. Either way this cookbook will provide a fun-filled way to prepare your next delicious meal or enticing dessert. This book will make a perfect gift for the mystery lover on your Christmas list, as well as every baker you know.”  Mason Canyon, Thoughts in Progress

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