Suzanne Corbett

You may think you know what’s good in St. Louis, but we’re sure you’ll learn a few things from “Unique Eats and Eateries of St. Louis,” the new book from local food historian (and Gazelle STL cuisine contributor) Suzanne Corbett.

Corbett presided over a launch party and book-signing on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Dierberg’s School of Cooking in Des Peres. Family, friends and other well-wishers spent the afternoon sampling St. Louis eats like barbecue and wings from Sugarfire, sausage from Viviano’s Festa Italiano, and cannoli from Piccione.

The book serves as a guide to local establishments—99 in all—that offer something truly unique to St. Louis.

“I started with 160 places” Corbett tells Gazelle STL. “And beyond what I was hungry for, what made each one of these eateries stand out was their back story, their history—that’s what makes them unique.”

The book is divided into sections such as Destination Dining, Plates with Views and Gardens, St. Louis Italian and Yard Bird Dinners. The author also shares her take on St. Louis institutions like gooey butter cake, thin-crust pizza, pork steaks, the Gerber sandwich, Ted Drewe’s and Old Vienna Red Hot Riplets.

Corbett is an award-winning writer, culinary teacher and food historian whose work appears in local and national publications, including monthly in Gazelle STL. She is also the author of The Gilded Table: Recipes and Table History from the Campbell House and Pushcarts & Stalls: The Soulard Market History Cookbook.

“Unique Eats,” published by Reedy Press, features an introduction Ron “Johnny Rabbit” Elz and is now available at local bookstores.