Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Eats Out

$ 34.95


An Illustrated History

Author Kathryn Strand Koutsky, Author Linda Koutsky, Contributions by Eleanor Ostman

Minnesota Historical Society Press (September 4, 2003)

A lavishly illustrated tour of the state's eateries - its soda fountains, nightclubs, hotel dining rooms, and resorts - from 1850 to 1960, including seventy treasured recipes from favorite restaurants.


“Let’s eat out!”

Minnesotans have always loved to, in the opulent dining rooms of fancy hotels, in piney resort halls, or in standard around-the-corner cafés, where the food is hot and plentiful. And the best of these eateries inspire cherished memories of fabulous food and charming camaraderie.

Minnesota Eats Out is a virtual romp through the state’s dining spots, from early health resorts to Prohibition-era speakeasies to A&W drive-ins, illustrated with nearly one thousand photographs, postcards, menus, matchbooks, and collectible dishes. Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky narrate the history of dining in the North Star State, highlighting innovative foods, inspired restaurant architecture, and cutting-edge graphic design, along with anecdotes about beloved restaurants remembered through the decades.

Accompanying this rich history is a priceless collection of recipes for dishes made famous through the years, like the pioneers’ Indian Pudding and old favorites from Eibner’s Bakery in New Ulm or Ruttger’s Resort in Brainerd. Eleanor Ostman revised these recipes for preparation in modern kitchens. Embellished with photographs of historic restaurants, collectible tableware, and restaurant ephemera, the recipes invite today’s readers to re-create cherished food memories.

Minnesota Eats Out, a one-of-a-kind venture into the state’s history, serves up over a century of fine and fun Minnesota dining.

Author information

Kathryn Strand Koutsky is an award winning interior designer and a collector of antique postcards and drawings of Minnesota scenes.

Linda Koutsky is a collector of restaurant china and flatware as well as antiques and ephemera. She is the author of the Skyway News column "The Lunchtime Tourist."

Eleanor Ostman is the author of the best-selling cookbook Always on Sunday and for thirty years was the food writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

  • 224 pages
  • 9.25 x 12.25 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873514521

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