Is it a memoir or a cookbook? Maybe a bit of both.
She has already cheated in the bedroom, hoping that finally finding the love of her life will make all of the ensuing torment worthwhile. But when Vickie’s husband and her lover’s wife find their own love, that torment escalates on every front. From agony to ecstasy to emotional annihilation, the author battles on through a mid-life she never anticipated, learning to cheat in the kitchen, get honest in the bedroom and pursue a truly authentic life.
Told in her own uniquely honest voice, Vickie shares cheating recipes, life hacks, true-life confessions and jagged, gut-wrenching revelations with equal candor. There are no good guys or bad guys here; just one tortured soul trying to figure out life and relationships, all the while cooking up a storm the easy way.
Does love win in the end? Is online dating the answer? Can marriages be saved? Is forgiveness possible? Does a true “love of your life” really exist? Can cheating ever be justified?
These sincere, unreserved and often hilarious confessions of a potty-mouthed chef will enlighten on every front. And if cooking with celebrity chefs intimidates the heck out of you, the cheater recipes will delight both you and your diners. How To Cheat, Eat and Be Happy serves up a feast for your heart, your soul and your belly.
Vickie van Dyke has enjoyed several colourful and creative careers. Armed with an Honours BA in Drama from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and with a wealth of amateur and semi-professional stage experience under her belt, she landed her first paid gig in summer stock musical theatre before joining a touring pop group. Eventually she formed her own country rock band, giving her an opportunity to write and record many original compositions. After a brief stint on the business side of music, handling ‘record promotions’ for an independent firm in Toronto, Vickie segued into country radio. She was heard on 820 CHAM-Hamilton for ten years, in both the early morning and midday slots, and also pre-recorded a midday pop show for a sister station (The River) in London. She hosted her own television show (Showdown) and also found time to write for television (The Canadian Country Music Awards on CTV), radio (numerous specials) and a bi-weekly newspaper column (Country Corner) for the Hamilton Spectator.
Vickie joined Canada's premier Smooth Jazz outlet, Wave 94.7FM at its launch in 2000. From 2005-2011 She penned the script for the annual Canadian Smooth Jazz awards, at which she was thrilled to be named the first ever Canadian Smooth Jazz Broadcaster of the Year (mostly because she is a self-professed "broad"). She is currently the morning host at www.WAVE.fm and occasionally performs pop jazz and jazz standards at local bistros. her other recent written works include a cabaret-style musical My Romance featuring the classics of Rodgers and Hart and a blog - www.winesoakedramblings.com (because the drunken pen writes the sober heart).
Having learned the profound value of community and support, Vickie has chosen to support Together Rising, with 10% of total book sales going directly to this vital organization. "You see suffering in your community and around the world, you want to help but don't know where to turn, turn to Together Rising to transform your heartache into action. 100% of what Together Rising receives from every personal donation goes directly to people in need – not one penny we receive from any individual personal donation goes to operating costs." For our Canadian friends, please note this is an international charity supporting international endeavours. https://togetherrising.org/
Reading Vickie’s book was like getting on a roller coaster, exciting and scary but in the end, sorry to have it pull into the station. She sure tells it like it is. Total honesty in all its raw, miserable, sweet, and touching moments. Her story and her truths are both sad and triumphant. A very brave acknowledgement of desires, mistakes and understanding. Buckle up – it’s one helluva ride! - Deborah Harbottle
Vickie’s journey reads much like her secret diary unleashed for all to see. Her wild and crazy journey through the halls of mating, marrying, parenting, dating, cheating and cooking is such an honest recounting of an unanticipated life, you will most certainly find yourself laughing, crying and yes, cheating. If you looked up “honest” and “raw” in the dictionary you’d find Vickie's name in bold letters. Call it insanity or bravado, she paints a beautiful, sometimes raunchy and sometimes painful picture of life’s foibles in her search for her true heart song. - Jacqui Brown, author/singer
I love this memoir. Vickie's voice is so clear and so HER. It's a crazy, beautifully twisted story, told like one friend to another. And the way she has woven the recipes into the narrative is downright brilliant. I truly enjoyed this very real and honest read. - Kelita, entertainer, singer, motivational speaker