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Blue Ribbon USA: Prize Winning Recipes from State and County Fairs  by Georgia Orcutt & John Margolies

Published by Chronicle Books, May 2007

Everyone loves a winner. These prize-winning recipes from state and county fairs across the country bring together the best in American cooking and it’s not all apple pie. Mary’s Sticky Biscuits won at the Alabama National Fair; Cool Fruit Strata won at the Iowa State Fair (which draws more than a million visitors!); and in California, the winner of 600 blue ribbons took home another for her unique Salsa Jam. Facts about the fairs plus colorful ephemera bring memories of cotton candy, corn dogs, and funnel cake. There are even tips on how to garner your very own blue ribbon.

John Margolies is a New York-based photographer and lecturer on American popular culture and design. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books.

Georgia Orcutt is an editor and writer, with a special interest in regional cooking. She has been food editor of Yankee Magazine, US editor of What's Cooking? and editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac Good Cook's Companion.