About Jan

International author of Healthy Carb Cookbook for Dummies and the Everything Lactose Free Cookbook, Jan was born and raised in a small farming community in the Midwest. Adopted by her grandparents, she grew up gardening beside her grandfather and canning and cooking with her grandmother. She spent most of her early life in the heartland of America learning to appreciate good food, good health and good friends.

In the early 1990s, Jan opened a country Bed and Breakfast in Branson, Missouri. It was during her innkeeping years that she wrote her first self-published book, the Ozark Mountain Christmas Recipe Collection (this book is now out of print). In 2009, she wrote an all new A Taste of Ozark Mountain Christmas Recipe Collection in Branson which is now out of print.

Over the years, Jan's interest in health and nutrition grew, and she spent years researching the best ways to convert good, old-fashioned, traditional recipes into leaner, healthier versions. In the late 1990s, Jan had great success on a low carb diet. From this personal experience she decided to write and self-publish the fun, humor-packed  Low Carb Christmas Cookin' with an Old-Fashioned Cook, 2003, followed by her 40th self-published book, Carb Countin' Holiday Cookbook, 2004, (both books are now out of print).


Her writing style reflects her appreciation and love of life, blended with a bit of humor and lots of fun. She quickly became known as the “Erma Bombeck of cookbook writers.”

Her personal recipe collection is endless and one of her passions is reaching back into her “recipe memory boxes” to share many of the old-fashioned, beloved recipes that go back as far as her great-grandmother. It's in her "Kindle plans" to share some of these wonderful old recipes with you very soon in and old-fashioned-style cookbook.


A grandmother herself now, Jan's involvement in health and nutrition stirs another passion in the fight against childhood obesity. A staunch advocate of preventative medicine through diet, exercise and lifestyle, she feels strongly that one great approach regarding the issue of preventing childhood obesity is getting kids involved in cooking and into the kitchen at a very early age.

She writes a KidsCooking411 blog as well as several other blogs.

Visit Jan's blog for Kid's Cooking here: 

Visit her newly released Little Books of Tea here:




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