Food in Missouri (Missouri Heritage Readers Series): A Cultural Stew

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Corn, squash, and beans from the Native Americans; barbecue sauces from the Spanish; potatoes and sausages from the Germans: Missouri's foods include a bountiful variety of ingredients. In Food in Missouri: A Cultural Stew, Madeline Matson takes readers on an enticing journey through the history of this state's food, from the hunting and farming methods of the area's earliest inhabitants, through the contributions of the state's substantial African American population, to the ...

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Corn, squash, and beans from the Native Americans; barbecue sauces from the Spanish; potatoes and sausages from the Germans: Missouri's foods include a bountiful variety of ingredients. In Food in Missouri: A Cultural Stew, Madeline Matson takes readers on an enticing journey through the history of this state's food, from the hunting and farming methods of the area's earliest inhabitants, through the contributions of the state's substantial African American population, to the fast-food purveyors of the microwave age.

Tracing the history of food preparation, preservation, and marketing, while highlighting the cultural traditions that engendered each change, Matson shows how advances in farming methods, the invention of the electric range, the development of cookbooks, and three waves of immigration have profoundly influenced what Missourians eat today. Along the way, she highlights some of the key people, places, and institutions in Missouri's food history: Irma S. Rombauer, author of Joy of Cooking; Stark Bro's Nurseries and Orchards in Louisiana, Missouri, the largest family-owned fruit-tree nursery in the world and the home of Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala apples; St. Louis's Soulard Market, established in 1779 and said to be the oldest public market west of the Mississippi; and Stone Hill Winery, a leader in Hermann's nationally recognized wine- making industry.

By bringing to life the traditions behind the foods we eat every day, Food in Missouri provides a unique perspective on the people who explored and settled the state, showing that Missouri's rich heritage truly is a cultural stew.

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Intended for new adult readers, presents a narrative of food customs and food production in Missouri. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826209603
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Missouri Heritage Readers Series
  • Pages: 147
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeline Matson has had a long-standing interest in food and cooking and operates a small pastry business in addition to working at the Missouri State Library, where she directs the library's Publications and Special Projects Office and coordinates its literacy program. She is also coordinator of the Missouri Center for the Book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Taste of Missouri 1
Native American Foods 2
New World and Old World Foods 7
All-American Corn 8
Early French Settlement in Missouri 10
A French New Year's Celebration 13
The Establishment of St. Louis 14
Soulard Market 16
Becoming a State 18
Frontier Life 20
Country Gatherings 24
Mills 26
Country Ham 29
An Apple a Day 32
Settling the Ozarks 35
Queen City of the Ozarks 39
Agricultural Fairs 41
The Germans Come to Missouri 45
A German Christmas in Missouri 49
Missouri Wine Making 51
Missouri Brewing 55
Food Preservation 59
The Civil War and Food Supply 62
African American Food Traditions 66
Barbecue Country 72
The Transportation Revolution 74
Destroying the Buffalo 77
The Growth of Kansas City 79
Working in the "Pig Mill" 82
The Stove and the Icebox 84
The Marketing of Food 91
Changes on the Farm 98
Passenger Pigeons Darken the Sky 101
The Second Wave of Immigrants 102
Hoping for a Good Year 105
An Ethnic Sampler 106
Spring Feasts 112
A Croatian Wedding 113
A Sweet Story 115
World's Fair Food 119
St. Louis - Home of Peanut Butter 122
Cooking by the Book 123
Toward the Modern Age 125
Preserving Missouri's Wildlife 128
From Victory Gardens to Fast Food 130
Missouri - an Agricultural Leader 133
Immigration Continues - the Third Wave 135
For More Reading 137
Index 139
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