Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oklahoma!, where the gravy comes sweepin' o'er the plain

(Ed. Note: In the picture here, Oklahoma is right below the "tes" in "United States.")

From Key Marketing Group and Communications...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Oklahoma Centennial Cookbook Hits Stores for the Holidays
Famous Recipes from Famous Oklahomans

Oklahoma author Ronnye Perry Sharp - and a host of Oklahoma celebrities - are celebrating Oklahoma's centennial milestone with the release of "Oklahoma's Historical Centennial Cookbook."

Published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, the book is designed as a collector's item to tell the story of Oklahoma's history and share famous recipes from famous Oklahomans.

Recipes cover a broad spectrum of Oklahoma culinary preferences - from elegant dinner party favorites to native American recipes like Succotash and Pashofa and just about everything in between. Celebrating Oklahoma's centennial, historical notes and facts from the state's 100-year history are weaved throughout the book.

The book includes recipes and contributions from well-known Oklahomans including country music stars Toby Keith and Vince Gill, former OU football coach Barry Switzer, and the entire Washington, D.C. delegation from Oklahoma including Congresswoman Mary Fallin and Senator Jim Inhofe. The list of celebrities continues with OU President David Boren, Native American astronaut John Herrington, Governor Brad Henry, former OU football star Joe Washington, World Wrestling Entertainment announcer and BBQ expert Jim Ross, Oklahoma Centennial Project an d Events Chairman Lee Allan Smith, businessman Bob Funk, Oklahoma restaurateur Hal Smith, and former Governor Frank Keating. Dr. Robert Blackburn of the Oklahoma Historical Society and famed businessman Boone Pickens contributed as well with the book's foreword written by Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry. Many other well-known Oklahoma personalities from political, educational, business, and entertainment arenas are also included.

A portion of book proceeds will go toward cancer research and muscular dystrophy research, Sharp announced. Sharp explained that as a seven-year survivor of stage-three and stage-four breast cancer, she takes great pride and comfort in knowing that book proceeds will go toward saving lives.

The book is now available at and any bookstore nationwide or can be ordered through,, or

Three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Bob Burke is the book's contributing author. Burke has earned the title of writing more non-fiction books than anyone in history. He is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

Tom Flora, the book's contributing photographer, maintains several degrees from photography schools and organizations. Currently he serves as Vice President of the Professional Photographers of the Southwest and will serve as president in 2008.