Joe Johnston



Before Joe Johnston authored the folk history, Grits to Glory: How Southern Cookin’ Got So Good, he was a fast food trailblazer, leading the invention of McDonald’s famous Happy Meal. His other award-winning history books include the Vigilante Series from Missouri History Museum. Johnston contributes to history magazines and films and has also garnered Grammy recognition as a songwriter and producer, with songs in TV, movies, and albums selling over 20 million copies.

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11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Book Talk
Grits to Glory: How Southern Cookin’ Got So Good

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Grits to Glory: How Southern Cookin' Got So Good

Explore the finger-licking history of Southern food!

Travel through a folksy history of Southern cooking from the best fruitcake recipe before the Civil War to the ultimate Southern kitchen essential, the cast iron pan. Joe Johnston’s cultural history brings reminiscences from his own friends and family but is not at all lacking in thoroughly-researched historical anecdotes. It is sprinkled with valuable stories and quotes from Southerners who really know their stuff! This book is for those from every Southern walk of life, but is also particularly appealing to those simply fascinated with cooking, history, and anything in between! With every detailed recollection, the heart and soul of Southern cooking shines through.


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