Brenda Jackson Makes White Chicken Chili [VIDEO]

Bestselling author Brenda Jackson dishes on her career, her marriage, and her cooking in Harlequin’s new video series, Books & Cooks. (Photo courtesy Harlequin Books, YouTube)

We know our readers love two things: a great read and a delicious recipe. Apparently our friends over at Harlequin realized this is the perfect pairing too, because they recently launched a new Web series called Books & Cooks, which pairs one of their bestselling authors with a culinary expert. In the first installment, actress and singer Princess Elmore teaches New York Times bestselling novelist Brenda Jackson to make her yummy white chicken chili.

Brenda Jackson's THE WIFE HE NEEDS

During this webisode, Jackson dishes on her latest book, The Wife He Needs, which is part of her Outlaw series and the newest chapter in her Westmoreland family saga. But don’t worry, she doesn’t give too much away in case you haven’t read the book yet!

She also tells us how her former classmates and teachers inspired her writing career, what she did before she wrote her first novel, and about the philanthropy work she currently does which helps high school seniors on their way to college.

Our favorite part of this interview/cooking lesson, however, is when Jackson reminisces about her own marriage and how her husband of 47 years still makes her work as a writer possible. It’s a very sweet story you’re going to love!

Filled with her trademark wit and charm, Jackson shines in this inaugural episode. Be sure to watch the video below.

Brenda Jackson steps into the kitchen in the first episode of Harlequin’s new video series, Books & Cooks. (Video courtesy Harlequin Books, YouTube)

Want a sneak peek at The Wife He Needs? Watch the teaser video below. Then be sure to click the Goodreads button to add the book to your TBR pile.

Promo for The Wife He Needs. (Video courtesy Back to School Ideas, YouTube)
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Brenda Jackson is a multiple-award winner and bestselling author of more than 125 contemporary multicultural romance novels and novellas. There are more than 15 million of her books in print.

Before she began writing full time, Jackson worked for 37 years in management at a major insurance company. Prior to that she attended Jacksonville University where she obtained a degree in Business Administration and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a proud graduate of William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

To learn more about Brenda, visit her home on the Web at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter

By Brenda Jackson
224 pp. Harlequin Desire. $5.25

Purchase The Wife He Needs direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Harlequin, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About J.R. Wallace
J.R. Wallace is a freelance writer and blogger who enjoys cooking, reading, travel and fitness. He lives in Ohio with his family, two cats and a ferret named Igor.

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