In her debut book Groundswell, Lee follows our heroine Emma from her marriage and divorce to a Hollywood A-lister, her subsequent escape to Mexico, and into the healing process and a new relationship with her surf instructor.
"This is a book that any girl who has had her heart broken can relate to," Lee told SheKnows at her signing party hosted by Gilt City LA at the W Los Angeles – Westwood. "Emma loses everything in this relationship, and lost herself in it. This is about Emma's journey finding out who she is solo."
One thing that isn't typically a solo activity is eating Mexican food, often served in large, family-style portions. Luckily, Lee has provided SheKnows with her favorite tasty Mexican meal to get the recent divorcee through a sweltering summer.
"I do what I call a single girl salad and I make a mixture out of beans, ground turkey, chili powder, onions, cilantro, a little salsa and then I put that on the salad," Lee dished. "I devour it! I love, love that meal. It's good Mexican for one."
And once a girl recovers from heartache and is ready to entertain again, Lee also has a couple great Mexican drink recipes for a group.
"When I was writing Groundswell I spent a month in Mexico doing research," Lee told SheKnows. "I like to think the tequila got the creative juices flowing."
In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients. Serve over ice.
-Favorite ingredient: "It's summertime, so I'm really into vegetables right now because everything is so fresh. I live in the Hamptons and we have these great farm stands and I pick whatever vegetable looks best. I also think garlic is such a key ingredient. And a handful of basil or cilantro really kicks up any dish."
-Favorite dish to see on a menu: "I like to see when they have something that is from the area. If I'm in Miami and it's a Cuban dish, or I'm here in L.A. and I find a great Mexican restaurant, or there's a local fish on the menu in Montauk…that's what I'm excited to see."
-Top person to have a burger and a beer with: "My grandpa. He was the original foodie. He loved to eat more than anybody and I'd love to be able to share a burger with him. But more than anything I'd like to have some seafood with him. That was his favorite food. He loved oysters and I loved to sit at the beach with him and have a big plate of fried oysters."
For more of Lee's fabulous recipes check out her cookbook, The Comfort Table.
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