Natasha and her publisher Hachette very generously offered a free little book teaser before the release of the novel in April this year and although I promised myself I would wait to read the book first, I couldn’t help downloading it one afternoon. It was SO GOOD I just knew ‘Kissfitz’ was going to be a knockout.
I was so pleased to discover that my instincts were right!
I just loved this book, with it’s amazing evocation of 1920s New York and themes of female empowerment. It’s a brave book too; Natasha doesn’t flinch from describing the particularly awful conditions of obstetrics at the turn of the century. I think this made it so emotionally engaging; I truly felt for Evie and she is one of my most favourite characters from recent books.
Does Evie succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out! And let me know what you think of A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald; I’m sure you will love it too x
I thought this week it would be fun to show you how to make martini cookies! The New York of Evie’s time was still gripped by the strictures of prohibition, but of course there are lots of speakeasies where jazz babies flount the rules. I think Evie would certainly have loved a pink martini or two!
To make these cookies, you will need:
Piping icing in grey and fuschia
Flooding icing in white
Airbrushing machine with pink and gold edible spray paint (you can also buy cans of Americolour brand edible spray if you don’t have a machine)
Outline your martini in grey piping icing
Flood with white flooding icing
Airbush your martini cookie with a combination of first pink and gold spray paint, making sure to keep the ‘stem’ covered
Add bubble details using the fuschia piping icing and a 1.5 tip
Add in the ‘reflective’ details to your martini glass using the grey piping consistency icing.
Sit back and admire your work.. then enjoy your delicious martini cookie! :)
Don’t forget to grab a copy of Natasha Lester’s A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald which is out now in bookshops everywhere.
Happy baking and reading!