Thursday, September 17, 2009

Carnahan Announces Program on Missouri's Cookbook Heritage

Jefferson City, MO - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced a program highlighting Missouri's cookbook heritage. The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of her office, on Thursday, September 24, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. Authors Carol and John Fisher will be discussing their new book, Pot Roast, Politics, and Ants in the Pantry: Missouri's Cookbook Heritage.

For almost 200 years, Missouri's cookbooks have helped readers serve up tasty dishes, but these publications also provide history lessons, document changing food tastes, and demonstrate the cultural diversity of the state.

In Pot Roast, Politics, and Ants in the Pantry, Carol and John Fisher draw from more than 150 publications to reveal Missouri's cookbook heritage and deliver a generous sampling of recipes. The authors review manuscript cookbooks from 1821 St. Louis, then progress through the years and around the state before arriving at today's online recipes. Along the way, they dish out servings of kitchen medicine, household hints, and cookbook literature, providing a smorgasbord of reading pleasure for cookbook collectors, chefs, and historians.

The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker,

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