A Culinary History of Missouri by Corbett & Reinhardt

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A Culinary History of Missouri: Foodways & Iconic Dishes of the Show-Me State by Suzanne Corbett and Deborah Reinhardt

Missouri’s history is best told through food, from its Native American and later French colonial roots to the country’s first viticultural area. Learn about the state’s vibrant barbecue culture, which stems from African American cooks, including Henry Perry, Kansas City’s barbecue king. Trace the evolution of iconic dishes such as Kansas City burnt ends, St. Louis gooey butter cake and Springfield cashew chicken. Discover how hardscrabble Ozark farmers launched a tomato canning industry and how a financially strapped widow, Irma Rombauer, would forever change how cookbooks were written. Historian and culinary writer Suzanne Corbett and food and travel writer Deborah Reinhardt also include more than eighty historical recipes to capture a taste of Missouri’s history that spans more than two hundred years.

About the Authors

SUZANNE CORBETT is an award-winning writer, culinary teacher and food historian whose work has appeared in local and national publications. She is the author of The Gilded Table: Recipes and Table History from the Campbell House, Pushcarts & Stalls: The Soulard Market History Cookbook and Unique Eats and Eateries of St. Louis. She is also a Telly Award–winning producer/writer of the documentary short Vintage Missouri: 200 Years of Missouri Wine.

DEBORAH REINHARDT is a native Missourian and an award-winning travel and food writer. For more than thirty years, Deborah was managing editor of AAA Midwest Traveler and AAA Southern Traveler. She is the author of Delectable Destinations: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Missouri and self-published a family cookbook, Three Women in the Kitchen: Recipes and Stories of Growing Up in St. Louis, in 2021. 

Product Specifications

Published by The History Press, 2021. Paperback, 160 pages.