October 27, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Tourism Department


First Lady Patsy Riley will unveil her new cookbook, When the Dinner Bell Rings at the Governor’s Mansion, Sunday, November 2nd at the Governor’s Mansion. The First Lady and Governor Riley will be on hand at 2:30 p.m. to sign the first 100 “special editions.” Mrs. Riley will then sign regular copies until 4:00 p.m. Event attendees will also be able to sample desserts from the cookbook.


Governor Riley and The First Lady sitting at a dinner table in front of the Governor’s Mansion appear on the front cover. More than 300 recipes are featured in the cookbook. Recipes from Mrs. Riley, friends, family, caterers, former U.S. first ladies and representatives from all 50 states make up the nearly 200 page cookbook. A few of the dishes include Miss Patsy’s Alabama Banana Pudding, Aunt Sara’s Crock Pot BBQ, Strawberry Crepes, MaMa Cile’s Cheese Straws, Mamma’s Fried Chicken, Hot Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Governor George Wallace’s Favorite Brunswick Stew, Governor Lurleen’s Favorite Carrot Cake, Fob III’s Fried Flounder, and Governor Jim Folsom’s Favorite Chicken Marcella.


“I’m thrilled to share these treasured past and present recipes as I travel across Alabama on the book tour,” said Mrs. Riley. “Nothing brings people together like food. It’s my hope that this cookbook will create treasured memories of fellowship with family and friends as they sit down to enjoy these wonderful recipes.”


Alabama Tourism Department graphic artist Amy Shell worked with Mrs. Riley’s staff to create and design the book. The books are available for $20; special editions are $35. All proceeds from the cookbook sales are non-profit and will help maintain the Governor’s Mansion and Farley-Hill House.


Mrs. Riley will continue her cookbook signing tour on the following scheduled dates:


Monday, November 3:

  • 2-4 p.m.— The Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear

Tuesday, November 4:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.— Kathy Lambert’s, Fairhope


Wednesday, November 5:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.— Black Belt Treasures, Camden

Wednesday, November 12:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.— Richardson’s Pharmacy, Montgomery
  • 2-4 p.m.— Elaine’s Inc., Montgomery

Thursday, November 13:

  • 1:30-3 p.m.— AnnaKate & Co., Tuscaloosa,

Friday, November 14:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.— Ginny’s of Homewood, Homewood
  • 3-4:30 p.m.— Jonathan Benton, Mountain Brook
  • 6-7:30 p.m.— Books-A-Million, Brookwood Mall

Saturday, November 15:

  • 10-11:30 a.m.— Little Professor Book Center, Homewood
  • 4-5:30 p.m.— Gifts on Wings, Gadsden

Monday, November 17:

  • 10:30-12 p.m.— Victoria’s Boutique, Prattville
  • 2-4 p.m.— Rosemont Gardens, Montgomery

Friday, November 21:

  • 10:30-12 p.m.— Cloud Nine, Alexander City
  • 4-5:30 p.m.— Ann’s Flowers, Ashland

Wednesday, December 3:

  • 11-12:30 p.m.— Bridges Boot Outlet, Cusseta
  • 1:30-3 p.m.— Tiger Surprise, Auburn
  • 5-7 p.m.— The Flower Store, Auburn

Thursday, December 4:

  • 11-1 p.m.— The Basket Case, Dothan

Tuesday, December 9:

  • 11-1 p.m.— Cold Water Books, Tuscumbia

Monday, December 15:

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Governor’s Mansion Gift Shop, Montgomery


  • For more information, visit http://alabama.travel
  • For more state-wide press releases, click here