When she had double knee surgery a few years ago, Grove City resident Susan Harris Furci decided she needed a project to keep herself busy as she recovered. So, she put her cooking recipes on the computer.
When a writer Barbara Sanders, visited, the pair started talking about food, and Furci showed her the recipes. Sanders suggested Furci turn them into a cookbook.
"It sounded like a good idea," Furci said. "It's been so much fun."
In September, Furci published her book, Cooking with Family and Friends: A Collection of Our Favorite Recipes through CreateSpace, a self-publishing subsidiary of Amazon. The book is available through Amazon Books; Grove City businesses Red Maple Currio, Country Hearth Primitive and the Grove City Church of the Nazarene book store; Monkworks in Worthington; and by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "Cookbook" in the subject line.
"I never thought I would have something this fun and rewarding at this point in my life," Furci said. "I'm very grateful."
In addition to containing more than 200 recipes, the book is also partly a memoir.
"It tells the story of our lives," Furci said. "I've been cooking and entertaining people for many years ... I have always been a person who opened my home to people."
Furci's husband, Don, a doctor, has taught family practice for the past 17 years at OhioHealth's Southwest Ambulatory Center, and during that time, the Furcis have hosted doctors and residents at the facility from all over the world, including China.
"One of the important things about entertaining is have fun," Furci said. "People need to feel comfortable when they walk into your house."
Although she grew up in Grove City and is a graduate of Grove City High School, Furci spent some time away in Florida and has also conducted missionary work in India and Belize. Growing up, her mother worked and would give her responsibilities around the kitchen such as peeling potatoes and making gelatin.
"I truly feel that's where the desire to cook and entertain came from," she said.
Furci and her husband have been married nearly 40 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren.