Cincy Chic: What is Cincinnati and Soup?
Cheri Brinkman, Author of Cincinnati and Soup: Cincinnati and Soup is a series of three books: “Cincinnati and Soup: Recipes from the Queen City and Great Soup,” Cincinnati and Soup: A Second Helping: More Recipes From the Queen City” and “Cincinnati and Soup: Festivals and Frolics.” There are also 3 art prints done by graphic designer, Erin Beckloff from the Cincinnati and Soup covers.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the books?
Brinkman: The Cincinnati and Soup books are treasuries of local recipes and nostalgia. There are the classics like goetta, and in each book a different Cincinnati Chili recipe. In our first book, “Cincinnati and Soup: Recipes from the Queen City,” we have featured Pogue’s, Shillito’s and Ruth Lyons.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the book series?
Brinkman: The books are published by Mac Guffin Productions in Lebanon. I’m the author while Erin Beckloff is the designer. They are under a new logos, 100% created and printed in Ohio. This is to signify that all parts of the books are made in Ohio with materials purchased from Ohio suppliers etc. In 2014, I had the honor to tell Gov. Kasich about the 100% Ohio logos we have been promoting and he was very supportive. Many businesses are now promoting the fact that the products are made there and not just made in America.
Cincy Chic: When did you launch the Cincinnati and Soup series?
Brinkman: The first book launched in 2010 with 250 copies, which sold out in the first month. Today, with the 3 books, we have sold well over 6,000 copies with profits going to local charities, mostly for children and pets. We are ongoing supporters of Cancer Free Kids, a multi-year sponsor of the Butterfly Walk, League for Animal Welfare, CET, WGUC and many other organizations in the Cincinnati area. Our books are sold in many non-profit gift shops, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum and the Nature’s Niche Shops in the Great Parks. We are in Joseph Beth Booksellers and numerous top drawer retailers in the Cincinnati area as well as at Dorothy Lane Markets in Dayton.
Cincy Chic: Tell us more about the 5th anniversary of the series!
Brinkman: It is a milestone for us as we had no idea that the books would take off as they did and are considered now a “Cincinnati classic.” Our books are in the Rare Book room at the Cincinnati Public Main Library and are in the Cincinnati Historical Archives.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Brinkman: We have talked about adding a fourth book, and there are some motions made in that direction but as of yet nothing is in the works. Currently, I give programs on “Cincinnati and Soup: Food, Fun and Facts,” a power point talk on Cincinnati food history, Ohio Wines (this past month on the TAFT Lecture series), “Festivals and Frolics” (about our local festivals) and “Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Life in Cincinnati and the Writing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” I recently did the Harriet Beecher Stowe presentation for the Symmes Historical Society and plan on being at the Warren County Historical Society in February.
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Brinkman: Readers can keep up with me and the books at Cincinnati and Soup on Facebook. Lists of retailers for the holidays are available there. Online books are available at vintagecincinnati.etsy.com and at Amazon.