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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Saint Louis Cookbook

I'm thrilled to be sharing a rather unique cookbook with you today. I think it's the perfect day too because on this day in 1821, the Show Me State, otherwise known as Missouri, became the 24th state in the good ol' USA! And since St. Louis is one of Missouri's largest city, what better way to get a taste of Missouri than with The Saint Louis Cookbook: Bicentennial Issue!

This particular edition of The Saint Louis Cookbook is the Bicentennial edition. It's "a selection of recipes chosen from favorites of friends of the St. Louis Symphony; music lovers, orchestra members, guest artists and celebrities from all over the world who came to help St. Louis celebrate her 200th birthday." (The city of St. Louis was founded by Pierre Laclede Liguest on February 15, 1764.)

Before we begin our journey, you might want to read about the Foods of Saint Louis. Some are foods found only in St. Louis, while others are those which became popular there before spreading both east and west. Take the legend of the infamous Hot Dog for instance. I must apologize for not showing a picture of the Jean Baptiste Roy Home, (legendary birth place of the hot dog) it just wouldn't scan clearly:)

It seems that St. Louis lays claim to the invention of the Planter's Punch also. There is a prominent culinary historian by the name of Robert F. Moss in Charleston South Carolina that would beg to differ:)

Here's another punch recipe, this one from the 7-UP Company Test Kitchen is non-alcholic.

What about this recipe if you just happen to have an old coffee can hanging around:)

Croquignoles are rich crisp twisted donuts, sometimes spiced with nutmeg. I found a few updated recipes online but this one from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers really caught my eye.

Here's another recipe with an unusual name, Cat's Tongue Cookies. (Lenguas de Gato) They remind me a little of my favorite Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookie. I bet if you sandwiched two cookies together and filled it with Nutella or a little jam, it would come pretty darn close.

The Saint Louis Cookbook on the history of Angel Food Cake.


The Saint Louis Cookbook was first published in 1954 as the Symphony Cookbook. It was brought to light by a woman named Mrs. J. Eldred Newton. Mrs. Eldred contributed this recipe for a Glamorous After-Symphony Ring Mold to the book.

I hope you've enjoyed this stroll through St. Louis food history. There are so many things I wanted to share but alas, time is a going. I think I will tuck this book aside until April of next year just in time to celebrate the opening of the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. Thanks for visiting everyone! I'll be catching up on all your delicious posts this weekend so, be ready!!! Happy S'mores Day! Louise

S'mores on a Stick

Resources:
1. Missouri "The Show Me State" at The Library of Congress @librarycongress
2. Timeline of Missouri History: 1820-1829
3. State Symbols of Missouri
4. Historical recipes of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
5. Step by Step Directions Cat's Tongue Cookies from The Colors of Indian Cooking