-Instructor for Dierbergs School of Cooking since 1978
-Food columnist for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat
-Food Historian for the National Parks Service
-Author of “Pushcarts and Stalls: The Soulard Market History Cookbook”
-Masters Degree in Media Communications from Webster University
As a food, wine, and travel writer, culinary teacher and food historian, Suzanne has found a way to combine her love for history with her love for cooking in some very tasty ways.
Born and raised on a South Saint Louis farm, Suzanne has been around food her entire life. The experience of selling food to Soulard Market with her family inspired Suzanne to write a cookbook. It focuses on recipes from Soulard Market vendors, her own family, and other area farm families. Her cookbook also includes plenty of historical information to accompany the recipes.
Suzanne has also done her fair share of teaching others to cook. She began her culinary teaching career in 1976, and teaching for Dierbergs just seemed like a natural fit for her. She has also kept busy with her historical cooking demonstrations, like her famous artisan bread demonstrations that got her the nickname, Saint Louis Bread Lady.
Even in her free time, Suzanne’s love for history and cooking lives on. She enjoys searching out culinary destinations, particularly historical ones. Her favorite culinary spots include Williamsburg and Plimoth Plantation, but she has fun going out and discovering foodways in general.
Suzanne’s Cooking Tip: “In my classes, I follow trends, listen to students’ ideas, and let myself be guided by the seasons. I always look for ways to include a little something historical.”
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