October 11, 2010

On a recent drive across southern Minnesota, I could not help but notice billboards advertising the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota, birthplace of this much-maligned but rather ubiquitous tinned meat product. And, charmingly, I might add, Spam made a recent “Word of Mouth” blog post at the Guardian in which the author considered the enduring appeal of this product, offered some insight on its history, and supplied a snippet from the famous Monty Python sketch in which the characters bicker about their choice of Spam-enhanced meals.

As Spam continues to make many a dinner table, consider some fine examples for its preparation from Steenbock’s cookbook collection.

Author: Burckhardt, Ann
Title: A Cook’s Tour of Minnesota
Publisher: St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2004
Call Number: TX715 B9497 2004

Author: Wyman, Carolyn
Title: I’m a Spam Fan: America’s Best-Loved Foods
Publisher: Stamford, CT: Longmeadow Press, c1993
Call Number: TX370 W95 1993

Title: Great-Tasting Recipes with SPAM Luncheon Meat
Publisher: Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, c1996
Call Number: TX749 G8225 1996

Should you wish to research other food products, food trends and traditions of thrifty cooking, come chat with your Steenbock librarians for assistance finding these topics and more.