Recipe for Joy: About the Book and Author

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

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, thirty-something 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.

About the Author

Robin Davis has been the food editor at the Columbus Dispatch since 2002.

Before coming to Columbus, Ohio, Robin was a restaurant critic and food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. She came to San Francisco by the 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 Adademy.

Robin is the author of five books: 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).

Her latest book, Recipe For Joy: A Stepmom's Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family was published by Loyola Press in Spring 2013.

Find more from Robin on her personal blog, Her stories and cooking videos are available at

4/16/2013 4:00:00 AM
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