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Recipe Book Receives Bronze IPPY for Collection of Resident Recipes and Memories

Atria resident Gladys Goldberg shows off the IPPY
Award with Ronda Watson

June 4, 2012, Louisville, KY --- Atria Senior Living’s 2011 recipe book, A Dash and a Dollop, is being honored with a Bronze Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), an award known for recognizing excellence in a broad range of subjects and honoring the year’s best independently published books. Atria representatives will be recognized and receive the award tonight as part of the 16th Annual IPPY Awards ceremony and reception in New York City.

A Dash and a Dollop is a collection of more than 130 recipes--and the memories associated with each--from Atria residents and employees across the nation. Atria residents ranging in age from 69 to 106 contributed recipes and shared stories of how the recipe came to be an important part of their family customs, traditions and legacies. Every Atria resident received a complimentary copy of the book during the 2011 holiday season. 

“We are thrilled to share the honor of this award with the many Atria residents and staff who helped make A Dash and a Dollop a success,” said Ronda Watson, Vice President of Culinary Service and Active Aging with Atria Senior Living. “This book was envisioned as a way to gather, honor and preserve the cherished memories associated with our residents’ favorite recipes. Receiving this honor is an unexpected and amazing recognition that means a lot to everyone at Atria, and we’re thrilled to be a part of tonight’s ceremony.”

The IPPYs are the largest, most famous book award for independently published titles, and are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university and self-published titles each year. Since the inaugural contest in 1996, more than 4,500 books have received IPPY Awards. Notable past authors honored with an IPPY include Anne Geddes, Seth Goden and Dave Eggers. 

This year’s winners were selected from more than 4,800 print book entries and almost 400 e-book entries, the most the organization has ever received. Winners in 69 national and 22 regional categories will receive gold, silver and bronze medallions and foil seals for their book covers. Atria’s A Dash and a Dollop will be honored with a Bronze IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher’s national cookbook category. Several Atria residents and employees will accept the award on the company’s behalf, including Gladys Goldberg, a resident of Atria Cutter Mill in New York. Goldberg’s recipe for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is included in the book.

“I grew up in a time when families lived close together,” said Goldberg. “I visited the homes of many relatives and we had good times with food and homemade goodies. While in junior high, I was in a cooking class, and so when I got married, I was no novice to cooking and baking. How good to have a book like A Dash and a Dollop that brings back so many memories.”

To see the list of this year’s Independent Publisher Book Award winners, visit To learn more about A Dash and a Dollop or to purchase a copy of the recipe book, visit

Amy Schuster
Atria Senior Living

Atria Senior Living is proud to offer the best independent living communities, supportive living communities, and assisted living communities (sometimes searched as independent living facilities, supportive living facilities, and assisted living facilities). Many of our communities also offer short-term temporary stays, as well as memory care services for those challenged by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. A leader in the industry, we stand behind our mission to create vibrant senior assisted living and independent retirement communities that provide our residents with comfort, companionship and a wide choice of events that match individual interests. When searching for a retirement living community or senior apartment to call home, be sure to visit your nearest Atria Senior Living location. You will discover a wealth of amenities, outstanding dining options, and the right amount of discreet senior care to help residents enjoy the best that retirement communities have to offer.