Belinda Hulin is married to Jim Crissman and is Mom to their two children, Dylan, 23, and Sophie, 11, plus Molly the elderly Sheltie and Spenser the supposed-to-be Beagle (who grew to be 73 pounds), both adopted from rescues. The family cats—Belle, Buzz and Woody—had the good fortune to be caged together at the pound. When Belinda and Jim went to adopt a (as in one) kitten for Sophie, the then-five-year-old spotted the group and said, “Look, it’s a family!” Everybody knows you can’t break up a family, so the three former strays got a comfy home. Aside from family duties, Belinda is a five-time cookbook author as well as a veteran magazine, newspaper and web writer. Her memoir cookbook, Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes, was published in September 2010 by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe-Pequot. The book chronicles a South Louisiana family through recipes, vintage photos and essays. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the near-loss of family recipes and mementos, prompted Hulin to document the family taste-print for future generations. She is now passionate in urging others to write their own food history and hopes her next book, The Keepsake Cookbook: Gathering Delicious Memories One Recipe at a Time, due in July 2011 from Lyons Press, will help them do just that.
When she isn’t writing or cooking, Belinda is a Mary Kay consultant—in part to support her own cosmetics habit and partly because it isn’t writing or cooking! A Louisiana native, Belinda now lives with her family in Atlantic Beach, Florida.