Fran DeWine visits with new cookbook

Speaking with Consumer Advocate John Hannah about her cookbook and the DeWine history.

Speaking with Consumer Advocate John Hannah about her cookbook and the DeWine history.

Urbana: It must be election time because Fran DeWine visited CRSI to share her newest family cookbook and talk with local leaders, while her husband Mike DeWine has been endorsed by the Columbus Dispatch for re-election as attorney general. 

The following from www.mikedewine.com/family/
Fran DeWine remembers the first time she went door-to-door campaigning with her husband, Mike.

A chuckle with Mayor Bill Bean. Councilman Al Evans was also in attendance.

A chuckle with Mayor Bill Bean. Councilman Al Evans was also in attendance.

“Mike was running for (Greene County) prosecutor,” said DeWine. “We knocked on 18,000 doors. I was a young, shy mother and I didn’t want to knock on the doors.” After the election, she told her husband that if they campaigned again, she wanted to create something that people would want to keep.

A conversation with CRSI President Scott DeLong (L) and CEO Than Johnson.

A conversation with CRSI President Scott DeLong (L) and CEO Than Johnson.

“I went home and went through all my recipes and found the ones with spots on them,” she said. Those spots, she said, signified a family favorite and it was one she wanted to share in a cookbook for the voters.

“My first cookbook was handwritten and our kids did the illustrations,” she said. And thus “Fran DeWine’s Family Favorites” collection of recipes was born. The cookbook is in its 12th edition and still includes handwritten recipes. Now the illustrations are done by her daughters and granddaughters.