Cookbook author to hold book signing, recipe sampling

Release Date: November 9, 2009

PLAINVIEW – Area cookbook author Wanda DeLoach of Lubbock will be the featured guest at the Wayland Baptist University store’s open house set for Nov. 14.

DeLoach will be signing copies of her cookbook “Isn’t Life Delicious?” and will have samples of some of her favorite recipes. She said the goodies will feature a dessert tray including a crowd favorite, Oreo Truffles, as well as German Chocolate Brownies and Rich Rich Squares. She’ll also have some non-sweet finger foods for guests.

University Store manager Eddie Turner said bringing DeLoach to the traditionally popular open house was an easy decision.

“Christmas is about good food and special recipes, and when Wanda said she’d bake some of her recipes for the event, we thought it was a great idea,” Turner said, noting that DeLoach’s daughter-in-law, Kristen Hinze Holly, was a Wayland graduate.

DeLoach said the cookbook first came out this time last year and is in its second printing this year due to its popularity. She started the book at the urging of her friends, then put it on hold when she opened a restaurant in Wolfforth. When the restaurant, closed, those same friends encouraged her to finish the project.

“Some recipes are handed down and some are originals. Everything we served in the restaurant is in here,” DeLoach noted. “Probably the favorite thing for everybody is called cashew crunch, a coleslaw-based salad. We sold more of that than desserts.”

Wanda said she’s cooked all her life and really sees it as a gift and a source of enjoyment. She began cooking outside the home for her church’s Wednesday night meals and has done that for eight years now. The requests for her recipes are frequent, so the cookbook made sense.

“We all have a God-given talent, and cooking happens to be mine. It’s never been hard for me and something I love to do also,” she said. “I personally believe I have no secret recipes. They are to be shared.”

Aside from the nearly 250 recipes in the cookbook, Wanda notes there are also a few stories, many relating to her faith. She notes among her favorite recipes is a chicken spaghetti she calls “a good comfort food standby” and a cheesecake recipe she got from the mother of her son’s friend. She’s been known to experiment in the kitchen, and notes that she can usually duplicate foods she’s eaten in restaurants once she gets in her own environment. She’s also added to recipes from others and improved the product.

The bookstore open house will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature an array of holiday décor and gift items. The store is located in the McClung University Center at 6th and Smythe streets on the Wayland campus and is open to the public on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Fridays from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 18. They will be closed for the university’s holiday break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 4.