The Newlywed Cookbook celebrates culinary partnership
Romance in the kitchen, as fascinating as it sounds, is not a ‘never ever land’ for this young couple. Julien Levesque and Kenzie Swanhart had just graduated from Northeastern when they decided to release The New Newlywed Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Every Couple to Cook Together to unite people through the joys of cooking and eating.
They were trying the Paleo diet for the first time, a nutrition plan based on lean meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Swanhart, an enthusiastic food blogger, used to record the recipes they were making on a blog. One day, she received an offer from Callisto Media to compile the recipes she posted online into a cookbook.
“When I got the first request to do a cookbook, I screenshotted it and sent it to Julien saying, ‘LOL, wouldn’t it be funny if I wrote a cookbook,” Swanhart recalls. “Then in eight months, I did it. I had Paleo in 28, my first cookbook, in Barnes and Noble.”
She has, since, released four cookbooks of her own.
Now, Swanhart and Levesque, who met at Northeastern University and recently got married, are about to release their first cookbook together. “We got married last September and we thought it’d be cool to do a newlywed cookbook, there are a lot of newlyweds cookbooks out there, but they don’t celebrate the partnership of cooking. They’re more one-dimensional. The idea just evolved and what’s better than if you’re actual newlyweds cooking together?” says Swanhart, who graduated from Northeastern in 2013 with degrees in communication and journalism. Each recipe, she says, is tailored to be made by two people.
Swanhart and Levesque credit their success to Northeastern and its environment which provided them with the curiosity to explore the world of food. “Northeastern holds a special place for both of us,” Swanhart says. “It was where we realised we loved sharing food with others. It’s why we are together and why we are where we are in our careers.”