Illustrated St. Louis Food

St Louis foodI love looking at illustrated recipes. I have never tried one before, so I thought I’d Sketch one out for the Sketchnote Workshop participants –and yes I brought along some Gooey Butter Cookies. They were a hit and many had never heard of or had tried them before.

I was also fascinated with all the fun food that St. Louis can call its own:

The 1904 World’s Fair brought us Ice cream, the Waffle cone, and Cotton Candy. It also brought us the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

-Which made me remember that the Red Delicious Apple (the most popular apple in the world) was cultivated here in Missouri at the Stark Brothers Nursery, just a little north of St. Louis I Louisiana Missouri.

Toasted Ravioli was invented on The Hill.

Ted Drew’s get the credit for the concrete.

St. Louis is home of the Slinger = meat + Fries + eggs + chili + cheese (I can’t say I’ve ever had one.)

St. Louis Style Pizza – thin crust topped with Provel cheese (also invented in St. Louis).

And finally there’s the Gooey Butter Cake. Legend had it that in the 1930’s a cake recipe went the wrong direction and came out a Gooey Butter Cake instead.

Critique of my sketchnote: If I had it to do over again, I’d put all the food on one side and the recipe on the other. I was just trying to keep it small, but it’s a bit crowded. I’d put more detail into the recipe.

So try illustrating your favorite recipe. It would make a great thing to share at parties, women’s meetings or making  a batch, attaching the recipe card for a house warming, or welcoming new neighbors.

It’s a fun and practical way to share.

For more illustrated recipes check out the blog: They draw and cook.


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