How Ann Romney cooked away the post-election blues

Jeff Zeleny, Shushannah Walshe and Jordyn Phelps
Power Players

The Fine Print

When Mitt Romney lost the election to President Obama last year, Ann Romney turned to her love of cooking to help get her mind off politics.

Now, one year later, the wife of the former Republican presidential candidate has published a cookbook, “The Romney Family Table,” in which she shares some of her favorite family recipes and stories. And during an interview with “The Fine Print,” Romney demonstrated how to prepare some of her favorite Christmas cookies at D.C. hotspot, Fiola.

“It's all about love,” Romney said when asked why she wrote the book. “I mean cooking for me is about love and maybe it was a cathartic healing thing for me to do after a campaign, you know, because it's pretty bruising.”

Though Romney said that she and her family “were okay the next day” after the campaign and grateful to return to their normal lives, she also described the loss as “crushing.”

“When you give yourself to that, to a cause for so many years and you believe as I did that my husband would've been an extraordinary executive and extraordinary president, it's extremely hard, I mean it's disappointing, it's crushing, it's all those things,” she said.

The process of moving on following the election, Romney said, was harder for her than her husband.

“He's a pretty practical guy and he was next day, he was ‘okay on we go,’ and I was, like, ‘oh, let me get my bearings for a minute,’” she recalled.

Though Romney isn’t looking back anymore, she said she gets frustrated when she looks at the state of politics in Washington.

“The polarization … has gotten worse,” Romney said. “It needs to change, it really does. And you know, I know that the president came in saying he would, and it's gotten worse. And I think he's made it worse. So it's very frustrating.”

She points to the president’s health care law as being a major sticking point that she believes contributed to an increasingly polarized environment.

When asked about a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll that indicated that Romney would have won the 2012 presidential election rather than President Obama if it were held this year, Romney said she wasn’t surprised.

“There's a lot of frustration over the implementation of this Obamacare and that's not surprising either,” Romney said. “I know my husband knew that would happen.”

The book does have a small taste of politics in it, getting in a small dig at the health-conscious mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and how he would probably like to have marshmallow fluff “high on his list of substances to be banned,” a Romney family favorite.

“It was a bit humorous but you know sometimes we have to allow ourselves to be children or let our children and grandchildren enjoy some of the finer things in life, which is marshmallow fluff,” Romney explained.

To see how Mrs. Romney’s toffee bars are made, and to hear what advice she gives to her sons as they receive offers to run for public office, check out this episode of “The Fine Print.”

ABC News' Richard Coolidge, Betsy Klein, Tom Thornton, Gary Westphalen, Hank Disselkamp, and John Knott contributed to this episode.