Community Interest

A Culinary History of Missouri - A Book Worth Reading

By Kathy Miller

The book A Culinary History of Missouri: Foodways and Iconic Dishes from the Show-Me State, by Suzanne Corbett and Deborah Reinhardt, is a great food history book with popular and famous Missouri recipes. Some date back before Missouri was a state (adapted to today’s kitchen,) and there are other more modern recipes like Gooey Butter Cake, 7UP Bundt Cake, Cashew Chicken and many others.

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If you are into history and food, I think you will enjoy this 160-page book. It spans over 200 years of Missouri food history and includes 80 recipes. The authors both grew up in St. Louis, but this book covers the entire state from St. Genevieve to Kansas City and lets you know the unique places to visit.

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.

To learn more about the book, A Culinary History of Missouri: Foodways and Iconic Dishes from the Show-Me State and the authors, check out their interview with Victoria Babu on Youtube at The book is now available at and is currently 30% off until February 11.