Texas Book Fest Q&A with Cassy Joy Garcia

Cassy Joy Garcia is the author of Cook Once Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity.

TBF: Why did you write your new book? What was your inspiration?

Cassy Joy Garcia: The inspiration really came from the Fed and Fit readers! So many of them wanted to live a healthier lifestyle, but found it difficult to actually cook healthy meals each night. Many had tried meal prepping before, but found it overwhelming to spend a full day cooking and found that they were tired of leftovers halfway through the week. I knew there HAD to be a better way. A way to save time, money, mental energy, and not have to eat leftovers all week. So, I got to work on different meal prep methods, and Cook Once, Eat All Week was born!

TBF: What’s the last book you read, loved, and can’t stop recommending? Why is it so good? 

CJG: Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui. Profound and masterful poetics of the Southwest and Diné ideology. Also, Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg. The short story is my favorite form/genre and Eisenberg is certainly the best.

TBF: What’s the first book you remember reading? Who gave it to you?

Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming. Somewhere between 4th and 5th grade we were let loose in a library and encouraged to find books to read for a BookIt program. The cover had a flying car, so why not?


Cassy Joy Garcia is one of 300 authors who will appear at the 2019 Texas Book Festival which takes place October 26-27th 2019 in downtown Austin. The Festival is free and open to the public! Check out all of this year’s authors.