CHARLESTON, W.Va. — First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin released her first official cookbook The First Lady’s Cookbook: Recipes of the Mountain State during a reception at the Culture Center held Tuesday, February 16. The cookbook is a collaborative effort between First Lady Tomblin and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Proceeds from the sale of the books will be donated to the Mountaineer Food Bank.
Governor and First Lady Tomblin have always been interested in gardening, canning and cooking, and they have many special recipes of their own, some of which have been handed down through generations in their families. Therefore, it was a natural project for First Lady Tomblin to take on during her husband’s term.
“It has always been a dream of mine to create a cookbook,” First Lady Tomblin said. “My favorite part about cooking is getting together with family and friends, sharing food and conversation.”
First Lady Tomblin asked state representatives from all three branches of government and their spouses to contribute their favorite recipes, particularly ones that have been handed down through the generations. Contributors hail from all areas of West Virginia, and their recipes reflect that variety.
“As I developed this cookbook, my intention was not just to share recipes, but to also cultivate something lasting and meaningful for all West Virginians to enjoy for years to come,” First Lady Tomblin said. “As readers prepare these recipes, it is my hope that they will think of all the families before them who have made these great menus in the Mountain State, as well as the cultures and traditions that go with them.”
A limited number of The First Lady’s Cookbook: Recipes of the Mountain State are available for purchase for $24.95 at the West Virginia State Museum Gift Shop in the Culture Center. For more information about how to purchase a copy of cookbook, contact the gift shop at 304-205-7911.