Author Rachel Hauck & Dining with Joy!

My guest today is Rachel Hauck–one of those cute young(ish) Southern belles. Here’s a bit from Rachel:

“Looking back, I believe I’ve always written. If not in my journals or stories, in my heart. I was constantly taking note of the sights and sounds around me, the emotion of a moment: dinner with friends, the last night in college before graduation, racing through an airport to catch a flight to Australia, talking about Jesus with my translator in the back of a cab as we drove across Madrid.

Now, my days are spent mining those life experiences and emotions so I can share them with you through the eyes and ears of my characters and the places they live.

In ’92, I married my best friend, Tony, and spent over eighteen years in youth ministry with him. We love to read and go to the gym, and laugh at the antics of our pets.

A year later, I started my first novel, an epic WWII story that eventually found some light as a sub plot in my book Love Starts With Elle..

With the help and cheering of writing friends I met through American Christian Fiction Writers where I served as President and now as an Advisor, my first book was published in 2004, the same year I left the corporate world to write full time..

Since then I’ve become an award winning, best selling author of twelve novels with more to come. It’s my desire for you find hope and escape in my stories, and inhale a bit of the fragrance of Jesus’s love.

Blessings from my heart to yours.”–Rachel

Now here’s the scoop about Rachel’s current book.

Dining With Joy

“A delectable and light tale of finding love amid everything edible, a story that goes down easy. Readers will find themselves hankering for another serving of lowcountry living from Joy’s pantry.”  — Publisher’s Weekly

“Featuring excellent character development, this is a light, fun romance for readers who like foodie fiction. It will also attract fans of Hauck’s other romances.”  — Library Journal

“With its sparkling dialogue, witty premise, and convincing characters, and the popularity of television cooking shows, this subtly inspirational tale is sure to entertain readers.” — Booklist

Joy Ballard has a secret: she’s a cooking show host who can’t really cook.

When her South Carolina-based cooking show, Dining With Joy, is picked up by a major network, Joy Ballard’s world heats up like a lowcountry boil.

Joy needs help. Then she meets chef Luke Davis who moved to Beaufort after losing his Manhattan restaurant. A cook at the Frogmore Cafe, he’s paying debts and longing to regain his reputation in the elite foodie world.

Luke and Joy mix like oil and water…until Joy is exposed on national television. With her career and his reputation both under fire, they’ll have to work together to fix the mess. Is it possible that they can learn to feast on God’s love and dine with joy?

For more info, drop by

PS: Here’s a recipe from the book.

Charles Ballard’s (Joy’s father) Banana Bread
from Connie Spangler

1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 eggs
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
1/4 cup plus 1 T. buttermilk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup choc. chips
1/2 cup p.butter chips

In a large bowl stir together flour, sugars, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In another bowl, combine eggs, bananas, oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Fold in chips. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until it tests done. Cool on a rack 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Tips for baking banana bread: DON’T over mix the batter, just until moistened. Banana bread is always best if after its cooled to wrap up and serve the next day.

Sounds like an intriguing book, Rachel! Love cooking shows. I learn so much. I had never heard of brining pork but after hearing about it on a cooking show, my pork chops are never dry! Have any of you discovered a culinary tip from a cooking show? Please share!


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7 Responses to Author Rachel Hauck & Dining with Joy!

  1. Barb Shelton says:

    Rachel’s book fits my appetite for good reading. I enjoy a few laughs with my reading, laughing is healthy and good for the waistline. That banana bread recipe will have me Dining With Joy in no time. Rachel has combined all the right ingredients for fun reading. I’m getting hungry for another good book to read.

    Grace & Peace,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  2. Happened on to this site for another reason and saw Rachel Hauck’s name. Big fan!!! Love your characters. They’re the kind of people I just want to hang out with. Miss them when I’m done. Only problem is that I think I’ve run through all the books you’ve written. You’re gonna have to write faster! BTW, how do you pronounce your last name. I want to make sure I say it right when I recommend you to friends and family. God Bless!

  3. Rachel Hauck says:

    Thanks everyone! Thanks Lyn for having me here. Yes, the banana bread recipe is very good, y’all! I made a bunch of it while writing the book!


  4. Lyn Cote says:

    April, that’s too funny! You and I watching the same show. We just had pork chops last night. YUM. And that banana bread is going to be made soon. I’ve got bananas in the freezer.

  5. Rose says:

    The book sounds fantastic! I’ll try the banana bread recipe.

  6. April A Renn says:

    Book sounds great.Banana Bread yum sounds great.Lyn we must have seen the same cooking show,for I didn’t know that either until I seen it on the show.You are right pork chops are never dry.
    Thanks Rachel for sharing with us.

  7. I actually came over to check your book – Daddy in the Making, Lyn. 😉
    Saw my name in the post about Rachel and had to read that of course.
    What a delightful story that has to be – Dining With Joy – another book I’ll have to attach to my personal library shelves – mercy me – I’m running out of room for my favorite ACFW authors – you included, Lyn – one of my very first romance book addictions came from Lyn Cotes’ books! I won’t tell how many line the shelves – along side Andrea Boeshaar, Gail Gaymer Martin, Margaret Daley, and, Lenora Worth, Deborah Rather (Arlene James), oh man! I have way too many to name – more ACFW than any others too.
    Thanks for allowing me the visit here – it’s been fun and I need to read both of these books for sure!