Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom's Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family

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There were three things food writer Robin Davis promised she would never do: she would never move back to Ohio, she would never get married, and she would never join an organized religion. Never say never—today, Davis is a recent transplant to the Midwest wife and stepmother, and converted Catholic. In Recipe for Joy, she shares her stories of food, faith, and family life, and discovers that “food” is the language she can speak when stepping ...
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There were three things food writer Robin Davis promised she would never do: she would never move back to Ohio, she would never get married, and she would never join an organized religion. Never say never—today, Davis is a recent transplant to the Midwest wife and stepmother, and converted Catholic. In Recipe for Joy, she shares her stories of food, faith, and family life, and discovers that “food” is the language she can speak when stepping into unfamiliar territory. 

Recipe for Joy
tells Davis’s story of recognizing God’s plan, doubting it, and then discovering why God’s plan is her newfound path. The stories in Recipe for Joy are grouped by themes based on the courses of a meal, and each chapter ends with a recipe inspired by the theme. Recipe for Joy reveals that food and faith can go hand in hand and that God uses people (and some really good meals) to bring us into a closer relationship with God.
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"I found this to be a book that plumbed my heart in ways few books have. It spoke to me as a daughter, to me as a mother, to me as a fellow woman. You deserve this book. You will walk away from it changed."
- Sarah Reinhard, SnoringScholar.com

 "This was great read that makes me consider that maybe I do like memoirs when they’re told as expertly and entertainingly and heart-wrenchingly as this one."
- Sarah Reinhard, Snoring Scholar

 "With an honest dose of humor about facing life and living all the way through, Recipe for Joy is a strong addition to memoir and spirituality collections with a focus on the Catholic faith."
- James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829437959
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 549,672
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


 Robin Davis has been a food writer for almost 20 years. She is currently the food editor at the Columbus Dispatch, where she hosts a weekly cooking segment on the local CBS affiliate. She is a wife to Ken and stepmother to Ben, Molly, and Sarah. 
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  • Posted April 2, 2013

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    Blending families Recipe for Joy is a book about family¿several

    Blending families
    Recipe for Joy is a book about family—several specific families. The first, introduced in the prologue, is that of Ken and Grace Heigel and their three young children. We accompany them through four years in which Grace was diagnosed, treated for, and eventually succumbed to cancer. The second family is that of Robin Davis, a dedicated career woman whose view of her parents’ marriage convinced her to remain single and childless. The third family, the main story, is made up of Ken Heigel; his three children, Ben, Sarah, and Molly; and Ken’s second wife, Robin Davis—the stepmom.

    The book is divided into seven chapters named for elements of a meal: the toast, appetizer, soup, and so on. The food theme is a natural for Davis, a professional food writer, and host of a weekly cooking segment on local TV. She begins each chapter with a couple paragraphs on the topic. In The Toast, for example, Davis gives a little history of toasting and describes her young nephew’s fondness for “clinking” sippy cups and saying “Cheers.” The toasting chapter, like the others, ends with a recipe—in this case, pomegranate cocktails.

    Early chapters focus on some career/family decisions Davis makes that result in a move from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, where she met Ken Heigel. As Robin and Ken grow closer, they slowly integrate the three children into their activities and later also incorporate extended family on both sides, including Grace’s parents. They marry about four years after Grace’s death. The heart of the book lies in the meaning of family, parenthood, and relationship with God. Davis places special emphasis on step-parent issues and reaching out to children through celebrations around meals.

    Recipe for Joy ends six years after Ken and Robin married. The eldest child, Ben, is a lector at his high school Baccalaureate Mass. As Robin tries to evaluate her part in helping Ben prepare for adult life, she describes him as smart, God-loving, and kind. “Despite wounds to his heart at such an early age, despite being given an inexperienced stepmom who stumbled more than she flew, he had turned out just fine,” she writes.

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