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The Lunch Bell Cookbook - The perfect gift for those who love to cook!

Betty and Bill Swain have owned and operated The Lunch Bell in Newport News, Virginia for over 30 years. They are known for their homemade salads, pies and cakes that are served in a friendly atmosphere. Although there is no end in sight for them as restaurateurs, they have decided to share their secret recipes, along with delicious ones from their family and friends. They hope you enjoy the tried-and-true recipes from “Favorites from The Lunch Bell, Family and Friends!”

Betty's secret recipes, recipes that are used at the restaurant and for catering or recipes that she just loves are denoted with a “bell.” The cookbook has over 350 recipes, with over 150 of them marked with a "bell".  Almost everything Betty serves at the restaurant is included in the cookbook, such as her Hot Chicken Salad, Banana Pudding, Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie and "Good" Cake.

The cookbook is a 280-page hardback book with a double-wired binding.


Cookbooks are $22.00 each plus tax and S&H. 

Limited time only.

The Cookbook!

Betty's Recipes are denoted by a "bell."

Written by Betty Swain and Barbara Holland Eby.

The cookbook is also available at the following locations:

The Lunch Bell, 694 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA  23606 - 757-873-1839

The Gallery at York Hall, Historic Yorktown, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, VA  23690 - 757-890-4490

The Virginia Historical Society, Museum Shop, 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA  23220 - 804-358-4901

Barnes & Noble - in stock at many local stores or can be ordered at the store or on their website

Betty Swain with friends, Jane Capsalis and Pat Maciejewski.

The cookbook signing event!

Cookbook Updates and Additional Tips

Peanut Butter Fudge - page 268 - 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels was left off of the ingredient list.

Zesty Pumpkin Soup - page 84 - should be chopped chives (not chilis) as a garnish.

"Good" Cake and Chocolate "Good" Cake were accidentally left out of the main index, but are in the cookbook on pages 252 & 253.

Vanilla sugar used in many of Betty's cream pies can be found at Farm Fresh and Harris Teeter on the Peninsula.  It is typically near the cake mixes, not near the sugar products.  It comes in packets of 6 and you can use either natural vanilla sugar or original vanilla sugar.

Please let us know if you find any other errors, as we are only human!  We are making note of any corrections so that we can pass them on to you and to correct them for the next printing.  Thank you for your support!