Author Of Famous Cookbook Dead At 90

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) - The northern Kentucky woman who authored what has been called "Kentucky's cooking bible" has died at the
age of 90.

Irene Cast Hayes died Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood.

She published "What's Cooking in Kentucky" in 1965 to pay for the reroofing of her church, Hueysville Church of Christ in Floyd County.
The book was so successful, proceeds paid for a new church roof, restrooms and a Volkswagen bus.

The book was redone in 1970 and revised through the years with recipes from Hayes' friends, neighbors and people from across Kentucky. More than 200-thousand copies have been sold. Hayes published her second cookbook, "What's Cooking for the Holidays, in 1984." Her books drew praise from William Rice, former food editor of The Washington Post and James Beard, a renowned chef and cookbook author.

Edgewood is ten miles south of Cincinnati.

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