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

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

by Robin Davis

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829437966
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 154
File size: 395 KB

About the Author

Robin Davis is a senior writer and editor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Prior to joining the staff at Kenyon, Robin was the food editor at the Columbus Dispatch for 11 years. She also hosted Dispatch Kitchen cooking segments and specials on the local CBS affiliate, WBNS-TV. Before coming to Columbus, Robin was a restaurant critic and food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. She came to San Francisco by way of Los Angeles, where she worked as an assistant editor at Bon Appetit magazine. Robin has a bachelor of arts in English and psychology from the University of Dayton. She also has an associate's degree in culinary arts from the California Culinary Academy. She is the author of five books, most recently a memoir titled Recipe For Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love and Feeding a Family (Loyola Press, 2013). Her other titles include Wookiee Cookies (Chronicle Books, 1997), Infusions (Chronicle Books, 1998), The North Market Cookbook (American Foodways, 2008) and Graeter’s: An Irresistible History (History Press, 2010).
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Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom's Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
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.