This cookbook starts off with a brief history of cookbooks in the United States and then moves into Missouri written and published cookbooks. It shows how early cookbooks where a record of our cultural heritage. How the cooks of the day would move from recipes for a fine dinner on one page to recipes to keep ants out of the house and add color to a flowers bloom on the next then back to recipes for every day meals.
The authors used more than 150 publications to discuss Missouri’s cookbook heritage. They started with manuscript cookbooks from 1821 in St Louis including those from the William Clark family. Yes, that’s Clark from the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. They continue on to modern days including the popularity and fundraising efforts of community and civic group cookbooks and how the state’s beef council has put recipes on the Internet.
An informative, fun history of cooking, every day life and even politics in Missouri.
I love Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and thought I would check out this book to see if it had some of the recipes I have heard on the show. The book takes us throughout the country to place Fieri has visited on the show. The intros to each location are typical Guy Fieri and really remind me of the show. He does give us a lot of background and reminds us about what makes the place special. I really enjoyed the pictures and the guy asides. I didn’t try any of the recipes and some of them are definitely ones I would never make. There seemed to be a lot of recipes for coleslaw for example. Why? I am sure the restaurants got to submit whatever recipes they wanted but they often weren’t even the ones they are famous for. This is a fun book to peruse but reading it cover to cover isn’t really necessary.
Good, basic homemade recipes that remind me of when I was a child and the dinners at my grandma’s and my great aunts’ homes. Also meals with my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Jack who hunted all the time and I was never sure what critter the meat really came from. I decided early on it was better not to ask.
Also fun Ozark mountain trivia and folklore scattered throughout the book too. And don’t skip the recipe for skunk. Seriously.