Resident Writes Cookbook to Benefit Families with Autistic Children

A Lawrenceburg native has not only written a cookbook to help families create quick meals but also to help children with autism.

Sophia Lynn Rucker decided to write her third book, called “Sophia to Ophelia: Meals in Flight but Keeping it Lite,” after being inspired by her niece, Ophelia, who is autistic.  Seeing her niece and other autistic children struggle at meal times, she decided to come up with recipes that can help with the process.

She explained that autistic children may eat something one time and refuse to eat it the next day.  They also may not want to eat at a prescribed meal time but will want to eat only a short time later.  So Sophia started bundling recipes that can be quickly made in 30-40 minutes. “With a child with autism, a lot of them don’t speak, so you want to have something fixed,” she said.

The recipes included in the book comprise of a variety of different foods, many of which her niece likes.  From various chicken recipes to fruit salad, Sophia has selected recipes for anyone who needs to make a meal fast.

But in addition to the content of the book, she is also intending to donate $2.50 of every book sold to families with autistic children in need.  Working with the Kentucky Autism Training Center in Louisville, the donations will go to help fund these families for transport going back and forth to autism support centers in Lexington and Louisville as well as meals and more.

Sophia said that she is wanting to help these families as she has found that there are very few autism support options for families in the local area.  “I have been blessed, and I enjoy giving back,” she said.

She will be having a book signing this coming Saturday, April 22nd, from 11am to 2pm, at Tastefully Kentucky on Main Street where her new book can be purchased.  The book, along with her previous two are also available on her website.

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