American Culinary History Comes Alive in Historic Cooking Contest
August 16, 2017
Mary Burr of Iowa City won first place in the Szathmary Collection of Historic Recipes competition, judged Tuesday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Contestants were asked to interpret a Pearlash Cake recipe from an 1800’s American cookbook. Pearlash is a refined potassium carbonate salt. Many years ago it was used as a leavening agent because it produces bubbles when wet.
Peggy Hutchins of Linden claimed second place.
Entries were judged on taste, texture and recipe interpretation.
The Szathmary Collection Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbook collection is located at the University of Iowa Libraries.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. “Nothing Compares” to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.