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In Winter's Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland by Beth Dooley

Beth Dooley arrived in Minnesota from her native New Jersey with preconceptions about the Midwestern food scene. Having learned to cook in her grandmother s kitchen, shopping at farm stands, and making preserves, she couldn t help but wonder, Do people here really eat swampy broccoli, iceberg lettuce, and fried chicken for lunch everyday? 
These assumptions quickly faded as she began to explore farmers markets and the burgeoning co-op scene in the Twin Cities and eventually discovered a local food movement strong enough to survive the toughest winter. From the husband and wife who run one of the largest organic farms in the region to Native Americans harvesting wild rice, and from award-winning cheesemakers to Hmong immigrant farmers growing the best sweet potatoes in the country, a rich ecosystem of farmers, artisanal producers, and restaurateurs comes richly to life in this fascinating book, demonstrating that even in a place with a short growing season, food grown locally and organically can be healthy, community-based, environmentally conscious, and most of all delicious."

"Beth Dooley creates culture in the kitchen, connecting readers, farmers, and food in the soup pot of biological diversity. Knowing where we are by the food we eat was the reality of the past and is the trend of the future. "In Winter s Kitchen" is a fascinating read; cultivating the knowledge we need to make diverse, local food a reliable realitythe most crucial task of our time. Read this book, and pay attention as if life depends on the truth it contains. It does."--Atina Diffley, author of Turn Here Sweet Corn:

"That Beth Dooley is a dynamite cook and journalist is a given in my book. She s the expert who is deep in the trenches with the farmers, the artisans, hunters and the gatherers, and every important dimension of food today. With this book you get outstanding recipes and you get Beth sharing her stories, people and insights."--Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Host and Co-Creator, The Splendid Table from American Public Media
 

Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food by Beatrice Ojakangas

Beatrice Ojakangas grew up on a small farm in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Childhood 4-H, college Home Ec, and work as a hospital dietary assistant, food editor, teacher, homemaker, and mother influenced her cooking career and her food writing for such publications as Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, Cooking Light, and numerous newspapers. Ojakangas is the author of twenty-nine cookbooks and was inducted in 2005 to the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Minnesota in 2007

Beatrice Ojakangas, the oldest of ten children, came by it naturally the cooking but also the pluck and perseverance that she's served up with her renowned Scandinavian dishes over the years. In the wake of the Moose Lake fires and famine of 1918, Ojakangas tells us in this delightful memoir-cum-cookbook, her grandfather sent for a Finnish mail-order bride and got one who d trained as a chef.

Ojakangas s stories, are, unsurprisingly, steeped in food lore: tales of cardamom and rye, baking salt cake at the age of five on a wood-burning stove, growing up on venison, making egg rolls for Chun King, and sending off a Pillsbury Bake Off winning recipe without ever making it. And from here, how those early roots flourished through hard work and dedication to a successful (but never easy) career in food writing and a much wider world, from working for pizza roll king Jeno Paulucci to researching food traditions in Finland and appearing with Julia Child and Martha Stewart all without ever leaving behind the lessons learned on the farm. As she says, first you have to start with good ingredients and a good idea.

Chock-full of recipes, anecdotes, and a kind humor that bring to vivid life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world, Homemade delivers the savory and the sweet in equal measures and casts a warm light on a rich slice of the country s cooking heritage.

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