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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 4, 2011

Retired director of Campus Dining authors cookbook, will sign Nov. 11 at Northwest

By Brittany Keithley, media relations assistant

Barry Beacom

Barry Beacom

Barry Beacom, the former director of Campus Dining at Northwest Missouri State University, will sign copies of his new book, “More Than Your First Cookbook” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, outside the Bearcat Bookstore in the J.W. Jones Student Union.

Retiring in 2009 after more than 20 years at Northwest, Beacom wrote, “More Than Your First Cookbook,” after he noticed many of today’s college students had little or no experience in a kitchen. Gearing the book toward the new and inexperienced cook, Beacom’s book helps a novice cook understand how to follow a recipe, budget money for food, create a weekly menu and the grocery list needed to fulfill it.

Beacom hopes “More Than Your First Cookbook” will help people realize cooking is fun, and they can cook something that tastes great with little difficulty.

“I realized many college students don’t know how to cook or cook well so I wanted to get young people involved in cooking so they’re not eating fast food all the time,” Beacom said. “The book should help get people started in the kitchen because everyone’s lifestyle is different and it shows how to adapt cooking to their lifestyle.”

“More Than Your First Cookbook” explores meals that don’t require recipes, special occasions or table setting. Beacom introduces cooks to grilling basics, basic kitchen equipment and pantry needs, cooking techniques and understanding food terminology. “More Than Your First Cookbook” includes 125 recipes ranging from easy to semi-difficult, inexpensive to moderately pricey and for one or two people to a large group.

Each recipe offers a place for notes for the next time you make that recipe. Most of the recipes even come with suggestions on how to adjust them to meet your own personal tastes. The recipes cover breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, sides, desserts and more.

With a career in the food industry spanning more than 40 years, Beacom got his start in college dining. From there, he went on to work for several national and regional restaurant chains before owning his own restaurant. Beacom came to Northwest in 1989 as an Aramark location manager. He was promoted to director of campus dining in August 1997.

The Bearcat Bookstore has copies of “More Than Your First Cookbook” for sale for $27.99. For more information about Beacom and his book visit For more recipes and advice visit Beacom’s food blog, Cabana Boy Cooks, which is published Tuesday through Friday and features one new recipe a week.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468