Former top-producing Realtor and REM columnist Carolyne Lederer-Ralston recently released Gourmet Cooking – At Home With Carolyne, an Amazon Kindle ebook that also can be used on smartphones using a Kindle app.

The Kindle cookbook, now available for $5.99 (US), is a collage offering of her newspaper gourmet cooking columns that she began writing in the mid-1970s, long before gourmet cooking became the buzzword it is today, she says.

Lederer-Ralston is a home cook food writer who studied home economics. She is an original recipe developer who taught gourmet cooking. She also worked as a scholastic, academic and textbook copy editor and indexer and dictionary editor. In 1980 she entered the real estate industry and captured a 24 per cent market share in her trading area west of Toronto.

She never gave up cooking, creating new recipes and writing real estate-related consumer education articles. For the past decade has been a columnist at REM, writing Recipes for Realtors.

Lederer-Ralston says her readers say they enjoy her unique storybook personal writing style and say they often feel she is right in their kitchen with them.

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  1. Congratulations on your new cook book Carolyne. May you sell millions to gourmet food lovers everywhere.

    • Shelley M wrote:

      “Thank you so much for sending this to me!
      Unfortunately we don’t have kindle here but I was able to read the sample offered by kindle this morning. [You can read the cookbook on your phone or the Kindle App or use iBooks.]

      I will definitely pass on the link.

      [I’m hoping all our REM readers will pass it on, too.]

      What lovely recipes!”


      Thanks to Tina in Manitoba for putting my cookbook onto her social media. And to Ross for a nod on FB. You don’t have to cook to buy a cookbook. You can always buy a gift for a friend? Not many gifts can be had for only $5.99 (US) at and it’s an instant purchase for those people who forgot a birthday, or such.

      And thanks, Brian. Maybe you can find something in the cookbook that your mum will enjoy when you cook for her.
      Always remember gourmet is often just in the presentation. Nothing esoteric in my easy recipes. Most things people already have in their pantry.

      When your book is finished I can’t wait to read it. With Peggy, Ross, you, and me and who knows who else, maybe we could start the REM reader’s book club.

      Have fun reading the test pages.

      “Gourmet Cooking at Home with Carolyne”

  2. Thank you to REM’s editor Jim Adair and owner William Molls (and dad, Heino Molls) for a decade of support of my exclusive Gourmet Cooking column – “with the REALTOR® in mind.”

    And to all the REM readers who comment here and privately off line.

    Thanks for your continued support…

    Much appreciated. (Still on medical leave, my licence on hold).

    Carolyne Lederer-Ralston
    Going where tomorrow is… Hope to see you there.
    [email protected]

    • It has been suggested that I need to tell our readers that they don’t need to have a Kindle machine to read Kindle books.

      You can read my book directly on your iPhone, or you can install the Kindle “App.” Also you can read Kindle Books using iBooks that apparently comes with all phones and computers. Please correct me if I am wrong.


      “Gourmet Cooking at Home with Carolyne”

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