Dr. Julie May, an associate professor of biological sciences at William Carey University and a food blogger, recently published a cookbook, Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom, through Indigo River Publishing.
The full-color cookbook, published in October, is 342 pages in length and contains 152 recipes. The book offers interactive features, with each recipe having its own QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone or tablet. The code redirects readers to May’s blog, also known as Menu Musings, where they can see complete step-by-step photos and video.
The blog was started in 2010 because May wanted to share easy recipes with her busy friends. The blog is now the fastest-growing food blog in the country, according to Indigo River Publishing President Adam Tillinghast.
“She just passed eight million views on her site; it’s going to be close to 10 million before the end of the year. It’s truly a rising star in the food world,” said Tillinghast.
May has been on the WCU faculty since 2005. She earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1995 and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 with a concentration in cellular and molecular neuroscience, focusing on the molecular aspects of Alzheimer’s disease, oxidative stress and aging. She worked for a year in postdoctoral research at Pennington Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge, La., focusing on human clinical research and studying physiological changes due to obesity before joining the WCU faculty.
She resides in Hattiesburg with her husband, Gregg. She has four children and two stepsons.
The book is available at menumusingsbook.com, menumusings.blogspot.com, or through Amazon.com.
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