‘Bizarre Foods’ follows Jesse James’ trail through Ray County

The James gang and bushwhackers tracked on food show

LEFT: Andrew Zimmern, center, host of “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” poses for a photo with Krista Tweedy, left, and 19th century food expert Cathy Gottsch, at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, where Zimmern ate a meal of rabbit stew. RIGHT: Gregg Higginbotham, AKA Frank James, cooked a bushwhacker’s meal over a campfire in northern Richmond for Zimmern. (Higginbotham photo by Liz Johnson/Richmond News; Shoal Creek photo courtesy of “Bizarre Foods”)

By Liz Johnson, Richmond News Staff Writer

The outlaw Jesse James has been the subject of dozens of movies and books in the nearly 136 years since he was killed. Now even the kind of food the James gang would have eaten – while on the run as bushwhackers or outlaws – has come under scrutiny.

The James gang’s history, particularly their culinary preferences, was the subject of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods America With Andrew Zimmern,” taped in October and shown Jan. 30. “The Jesse James Trail” episode of “Bizarre Foods” can be viewed at YouTube,, for a fee of $1.99 for standard definition or $2.99 for high definition.

Zimmern and his crew went to the areas north of the Missouri River that were the James gang’s stomping grounds. In the show, Zimmern narrates the story of Jesse James’ rise and fall, relying on James history and opinion provided by author Christopher Phillips of the University of Cincinnati. Phillips is the author of 2016’s “The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border.”

The complete story is in the Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 Richmond News.

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