Celebrity chef and newly minted novelist Sandra Lee said her first-ever fiction book draws from her “life’s experience,” but stopped short of saying whether a character in the novel is based on her real-life partner—Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show, Lee said the novel—“The Recipe Box” focuses on “generations of women coming together and kind of the pains of what a family goes through.” (You can watch the interview below.)
But the similarities between Grace, the novel’s main character, and Mike Lund, her love interest, and the real-life relationship between Lee and Cuomo were pointed out by the Wall Street Journal earlier this year.
“Well, she’s not in front of the camera,” Lee said about the similarities to Grace. “And I never wanted to be in front of the camera either, but—”
She continued: “I have to say, both Mike Lund—the character, the love interest—and my sweetheart are very attractive men.”
Lee and Cuomo share a home in New Castle, Westchester County. She largely stays out of the political spotlight, appearing in Albany only for major public events like Cuomo’s inaugural and State of the State addresses and for an annual open house at the Executive Mansion.
Cuomo, meanwhile, has a book deal of his own. The Democratic governor’s book is due for a 2014 release and is expected to touch on both his public and private lives.