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As a chef, culinary writer and restaurant owner, Karen Mitcham-Stoeckley has made a career out of food. Currently, she is the co-owner of Eagle’s Nest Inn and Winery and Josephine’s Bakery in Louisiana, Mo.

Cooking is also part of her family heritage, but it wasn’t until a year and a half ago that she was able to discover more.  The result is “A Culinary Legacy: From Escoffier to Today,” a book that is part narrative, part history, and part cookbook.