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Anita Hinkeldey-McVey, a Boone author, held a book signing at the Stepping Stones Christian Book Store in Marshalltown on Friday to promote her debut book “Because He First Fed Us: Ordinary Meals – Extraordinary Messages.”
This book contains 30 devotions paired with personal anecdotes from Hinkeldey-McVey, and it explores the concept of how God uses food to communicate with his followers. It’s the one Hinkeldey-McVey had been considering for about five years before publishing her book, and it all started when she started her recipe blog, Picnic Life Foodie.
“The thought of writing a book was too daunting,” she said. “I wanted to save a lot of the stories behind the recipes I made for my family because I always ended up saying, ‘Oh, Grandma Dorothy used to make that for this one time,’ or stuff like I thought it would be a good thing to put that in writing and share those recipes.
While writing for the blog, she began to make connections between her faith and food, and whenever another of those ideas popped up, Hinkeldey-McVey jotted it down on her phone.
“Pretty soon that list was big enough for me to think ‘I think I’m supposed to write a book,’ so it was a process,” she said.
It took five years to realize her dream of writing a book, and she said she spent three of those years realizing they might even become a book. Then she got to work developing her original ideas, deciding on the structure, and then finally writing it.
“Because He First Fed Us” was published by Redemption Press and has been available for purchase since early December. Hinkeldey-McVey hopes to earn enough to recoup her initial investment, so she can eventually write another book.
Ironically, she says she avoided English classes “like the plague” in college and identified as a math nerd. Before starting her blog, she wrote very little.
“I was actually into statistics in college,” she said. “I think the thing that you often find is that you can write about the things you’re passionate about a lot easier than something that’s assigned to you, and so between faith, food, and family, that’s was an easy link.”
Passion aside, Hinkeldey-McVey said she was grateful to have an editor who was able to improve the book’s flow without changing its unique voice. In his view, the personal roots of “Because He First Fed Us” set it apart from other devotional books.
“These are really stories of growing up and with my family and how food played a big part, not just in our lives and our days, but in our faith and how it was used as an expression of love” , she said.
Hinkeldey-McVey also hosted another book signing at the Stepping Stones Christian Book Store in Grinnell on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. picniclifefoodie.com/product/because-he-first-fed-us/. It can also be found at the Stepping Stones sites in Marshalltown and Grinnell.