"I have had great fortune with these books this past year," said author Tim Murphy. "25% of all the profits from the four titles sold in June will be donated to the Red Cross to assist the Oklahoma Tornado victims. If we sell at 2500 in June, I will double that to 50%."
How did these books come about?
"It all started when friends would show up at fishing and deer camp with cheese, bologna, beef jerky and beer. I would shake my head and 'say we do better this.' So I wrote the first book and it just took off," says author Tim Murphy.
It was that idea that launched "Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook" in October 2013. His first "Cookbook for Guys" cracked Amazon.com's "Top 1%" Sales category in six weeks.
Why cookbooks for guys? "I just didn't see anything written for men, especially novice cooks," said Murphy. "I wanted to assemble, hearty, good tasting meals that could be prepared easily and quickly. That first book covered breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it's perfect for campers, RVers, male or female."
Now Murphy has penned the third and fourth titles in a planned ten-book series. For fish and seafood aficionados there's "Flannel John's Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers." For the backwoods, rustic soul there is "Flannel John's Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods."
"The Pirate Galley Cookbook focuses on seafood dishes, lake and river fish recipes with a touch of southern cooking," said Murphy. "If you like albacore, lobster, sea bass, crab, lake trout, salmon and walleye this is for you. It covers dishes from the west coast, Alaska, the Gulf, Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, New England and the Bayou."
"The Mountain Man Cookbook goes real old school with recipes that go as far back as the mid-1800s. It features pioneer recipes and country staples like corn pone, hard tack, rhubarb cake, venison stew and sourdough plus new twists on older dishes." Both books feature over 110 recipes and in keeping with past titles, are simple for guys to pull.
The second title, released in February 2014,"Flannel John's Woods & Water Cookbook: Critters, Fritters, Chili & Beer" featured wild game recipes like Mountain Bear Stew, Rasta Mon Squirrel and Rattlesnake Chili with traditional dishes including burgers, stews, corn breads, chilies, chicken and beer.
But who is Flannel John?
Born in northern Wisconsin and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he is equal parts Babe Winkelman, Red Green, Grizzly Adams, Ted Nugent and crusty mountain man. He has hunted and fished in 40 states plus Canada and Mexico. He is, in essence, Murphy's alter-ego.
"I've crossed paths with men like him over the years. This was my way of acknowledging their spirit and thanking them," said Murphy.
Flannel John summed up the first book best. "If you're tracking deer in the U.P woods, searching for elk in Colorado, bird hunting on the Dakota prairies or ice fishing in Minnesota...food keeps the camp sane. A hearty breakfast or sustainable snack sharpens the senses. That end of the day dinner can celebrate bringing down a ten-point buck or be warming comfort when the deer tag goes unfilled. Breaking bread, eating from the community pot and telling stories around the table bonds all outdoorsmen. A good meal always makes for a good day."
Future releases include "Flannel John's Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook" in July and "Flannel John's Cabin Christmas Cookbook" in September.
Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, North Dakota, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ketchikan, Alaska. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network.
He lives in Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo.
All four Flannel John books are $7.95 and are available through Amazon.com and at flanneljohn.com. For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or E-mail him at email@example.com.
"I have had great fortune with these books," said Murphy. "25% of the profits from all the books sold in June will be donated to the Red Cross to assist the Oklahoma Tornado victims. If we sell at 2500 in June, I will double that to 50%."
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