For the second time, I helped to judge the Midwest Food Alliance heritage foods competition at the Missouri State Fair. Butter beans and corn bread, peach cobbler, and more, all with family stories prior to 1950 that tie home cultures far away to the Midwest. So interesting. So delicious! The recipes carried the day with all their ties to place, family, and story.

Then, of course, I had to walk the midway past ribeye steak sandwiches, corn dogs, ice cream and had my once-yearly funnel cake. Couldn’t leave without a dusting of powdered sugar could I? Gave my first talk about my Savor Missouri book, too! All-in-all a great day.


About ninafurstenau

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau teaches a Food and Wine Writing for the University of Missouri Science and Agriculture Journalism program and the MU School of Journalism School. Her book, Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland was the winner of the MFK Fisher Book Award and Grand Prize Award for culinary/culture writing and designated as a Kansas Notable Book. She has also written Savor Missouri: River Hill Country Food and Wine, celebrating Missouri foodways. Her essay, "And Then There Was Rum Cake," appears in the 2017 anthology, Pie & Whiskey: Writer's Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Ms. Furstenau was in the Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1984 to 1986 and then began working life as a journalist and publisher/editor of three construction magazines beginning in 1987. Ms. Furstenau and her husband launched and published these magazines and two others until 2001. She was a month-long resident at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, in 2008.
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