The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - 21
Because All Meals Come
with a Story
Not only will you have a great, simple recipe that's sure to
please the family, you'll get a laugh out of Joy Smith's nostalgic
JOY SMITH, A ROASmith, whose father was
NOKE NATIVE and longonce minister of Virginia
time columnist for the Fort
Heights Baptist Church,
Mill Times in South Carolearned many things about
lina, recently released her
entertaining "from osmosis"
cookbook "Tell Me a Story,
by watching her mother.
I'll Bake You a Cake." This
"A number of the reciunique cookbook showcases
pes come from my mothpersonal recipes collected
er and her friends, as well
over the years from family
as church friends, and my
and friends. Even better?
aunts' recipes," she says.
Smith starts her cookbook
"These have become favorwith desserts, working backite things in our house, so
wards through the meal opAll in the Family
a lot of the recipes go right
back to Roanoke."
The cover depicts Smith's daughter
Stories accompany the
Whitney on her first birthday.
Recipes include meals
90 varied recipes (approxisuch as Lois' Breakfast Casmately 22 of those revolving around Roanoke
serole, Marvin's Favorite Meatloaf (named for
in some way); readers will be transported to a
her husband's dinner pick) and her Aunt Flotime when your grandmother ran the kitchen
ra's foolproof roast containing just three ingrewhile you played outside 'til dinnertime. The
dients. Smith has shared her recipes and stories
recipes are simple and straightforward, perfect
in her popular newspaper column, as well as
for chefs of all levels and ages.
appeared as a guest chef on the Food Network
"I never really set foot in the kitchen as a
and other media outlets. Her favorite recipe
kid because my mother was in there!" Smith
out of the bunch? Peppermint ice cream, with
says with a laugh. "Now people stop me in the
only three ingredients!
streets to ask what I cooked that night."
"One reason the book is appealing is because nothing in the book is really scary or
hard," Smith says. "Even someone walking
into the kitchen for the first time can make
The cover depicts Smith's now 41-year-old
daughter Whitney on her first birthday, after
smashing her face into a red velvet birthday
cake. It seems only right the first recipe in the
book would be Peggy's Red Velvet Cake! Many
other images in the book are vintage, plucked
from Smith's own family albums, including
several black-and-white family photos.
"Tell Me a Story, I'll Bake You a Cake" is
available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and
AuthorHouse.com. -LIZ LONG
One reason the book
is appealing is because
nothing in the book is
really scary or hard.
Even someone walking
into the kitchen for the
first time can make
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