The Springfield Free Public Library is delighted to virtually host the book launch of The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones by Springfield resident Wendy Jones, from 7:30-8:30 PM on Thursday, May 20.
Program is free and open to the general public, no registration required. The Zoom link is
For telephone dial-in access, please call 1 646 876-9923 and enter 895 3998 2295 when prompted for the meeting ID and then enter 885 807 when prompted for the passcode.
Wendy Jones, whose text accompanies John Turner's color photographs, showcases the culinary art of her mother, Josephine E. Jones. Josephine, in 1967, may have been the first African American woman in management at a Fortune 500 company, Standard Brands, now Kraft.
Neither a cookbook nor a how-to book, the portfolio's 16 photos, printed on glossy paper, are perforated so they can be removed and framed. The text on each facing page includes the ingredients used, the processes employed, and not only Josephine E. Jones's comments on food presentation, but also the wisdom of her positive approach to life-despite obstacles—which she overcame.
The photographs will give you the pleasure derived from any art book. The text will inspire you to create your own culinary art. And framing your favorite photos will give you, your family, and your friends enjoyment for many years to come.
Wendy Jones is an author, playwright, and the president of Ida Bell Publishing, LLC. Named after Ida B. Wells, the investigative reporter and social activist, the company publishes the work of people of color, immigrants, all women, and other outsiders.
Her first play, In Pursuit of Justice: A One-Woman Play about Ida B. Wells, which starred Janice Jenkins, won four AUDELCO Awards. Wendy's writing has appeared in Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience, The Point: Where Teaching & Writing Intersect, theravensperch.com, and Liv Literary Journal.
As president of Writing Maven, LLC, she helps people with all kinds of writing; resumes, essays, and wedding vows. Wendy also assists students who are studying for the SAT and the ACT. After spending her early years helping her mother in their kitchen, Wendy was promoted, at the age of 12, to solo shopper and weekend cook. She lives in New Jersey with her life partner, David Mitchell, and their son. All family members cook.