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    The Midwstern as an important center of grain production, and, as a reuslt, these states are sometimes known as "breadbasket of America". As a result, agricultural produce tends to form an important of Midwestern cuisine. In short, simple and hearty dishes, in many cases inspired by Eastern European cuisine (especially Polish cuisine), Scandinavian cuisine (especially Swedish cuisine), and other European cuisines (such as Greek cuisine), tend to be the core of the Midwestern diet.

    Some particular aspects of Midwestern cuisine to look out for, include:
    • Beef and pork are important meats. This is unsurprising given that Chicago and Kansas City are both centers of the beef trade, and that Iowa is known for its production of pork.

    • Dairy products are also important, given the the Midwest in general, and the state of Wisconsin in particular, are known for their milk and cheese production.

    • The upper Midwest is known for producing a range of cold-climate fruit, such as apples, berries, cranberries, cherries, and peaches.

    • Given the distance of the region from oceans, fish and seafood is not traditionally very important in Midwestern cuisine. Local freshwasher fish such as perch and trout are eaten to some extent, and are sometimes supplemented by canned (most often herring, salmon or tuna), and nowadays air-shipped seafood.
    Some popular Midwestern recipes and dishes include:
    • Chicago-style pizza - A very deep-dish pizza, originally from Chicago. It was probably originally invented at Pizzeria Uno.

    • Flat pizza - A thin and crunchy pizza, also originally from Chicago, cut into small squares. This style of pizza is sometimes known as "party cut".

      Flat pizza

    • Chicken Vesuvio - An Italian-American dish from Chicago. Chicken Vesuvio is chicken on the bone with wedges of potatoes, sautéed in white wine and olive oil, flavored with garlic and oregano, and baked until the chicken skin becomes crispy.

    • Congealed salad - A salad made from flavored gelatin, fruit, carrots and sometimes other vegetables as well. Various other ingredients such as pretzels, nuts, cream cheese, or marshmellows may also be added in some recipes.

    • Denver Omelette - A rich omelette containing bell peppers, onions, ham and bacon.

    • Fried-brain sandwich - A sandwich made from sliced calves' brains on sliced white bread toast. The dish is believed to have originated in St. Louis, Missouri, although it is no longer as popular there as it used to be. However, the dish is still eaten in some other parts of the Midwest. Concern about the BSE disease ("mad cow disease"), has no doubt had a impact on the popularity of the dish, and as a result, some eateries now base the dish on pigs' brains rather than cows' brains.

    • Horseshoe sandwich - This is an open-sandwich originally from Springfield, Illinois, and now popular throughout central Illinois. It is made from a thick slice of toasted sourdough bread, which is topped with hamburger patties or ham, then covered with French fries and a cheese-based sauce.

      Horseshoe sandwich

    • Meatloaf - Seasoned ground meat (usually beef with lamb, pork or veal), shaped into a loaf-shape and then baked. There are many different recipes, and the dish has of course become popular throughout the whole of the United States. In the Midwest, meatloaf is often eaten with gravy, although sometimes tomato or barbecue sauce are used instead.

    • Pierogi - Dumplings inspired by Eastern European cuisine, and especially Polish cuisine. In the United States, they often contain different ingredients from traditional recipes, including chicken, jalapeño, peppers, or spinach.

    • St. Louis-style pizza - This is a style of pizza that is popular in St. Louis, Missouri. It is made with a thin unleavened crust, and uses Provel processed cheese (a mix of cheddar, provolone chess, and Swiss cheese).

      St. Louis-style pizza

    • Shrimp DeJonghe - This is a shrimp casserole, originally from Chicago (it originated at DeJonghe's Hotel and Restaurant).

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    The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

    By Ree Drummond

    Harper Collins Publishers
    Released: 2009-10-27
    Hardcover (256 pages)

    The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
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    My name is Ree. Some folks know me as "The Pioneer Woman."

    After years of living in Los Angeles, I made a pit stop in my hometown in Oklahoma on the way to a new, exciting life in Chicago. It was during my stay at home that I met Marlboro Man, a mysterious cowboy with steely blue eyes and a muscular, work-honed body. A strict vegetarian, I fell hard and fast, and before I knew it we were married and living on his ranch in the middle of nowhere, taking care of animals, and managing a brood of four young children. I had no idea how I'd wound up there, but I knew it was exactly where I belonged.

    The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined my experience in the country. I share many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes I've learned to make during my years as an accidental ranch wife—including Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rolls—not to mention several "cowgirl-friendly" dishes, such as Sherried Tomato Soup, Olive Cheese Bread, and CrÈme BrÛlÉe. I show my recipes in full color, step-by-step detail, so it's as easy as pie to follow along.

    You'll also find colorful images of rural life: cows, horses, country kids, and plenty of chaps-wearing cowboys.

    I hope you get a kick out of this book of mine. I hope it makes you smile. I hope the recipes bring you recognition, accolades, and marriage proposals. And I hope it encourages even the most harried urban cook to slow down, relish the joys of family, nature, and great food, and enjoy life.

    Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes

    By Ronni Lundy

    Released: 2016-08-30
    Hardcover (320 pages)

    Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes
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    Victuals is an exploration of the foodways, people, and places of Appalachia. Written by Ronni Lundy, regarded as the most engaging authority on the region, the book guides us through the surprisingly diverse history--and vibrant present--of food in the Mountain South.
         Victuals explores the diverse and complex food scene of the Mountain South through recipes, stories, traditions, and innovations. Each chapter explores a specific defining food or tradition of the region--such as salt, beans, corn (and corn liquor). The essays introduce readers to their rich histories and the farmers, curers, hunters, and chefs who define the region's contemporary landscape. Sitting at a diverse intersection of cuisines, Appalachia offers a wide range of ingredients and products that can be transformed using traditional methods and contemporary applications. Through 80 recipes and stories gathered on her travels in the region, Lundy shares dishes that distill the story and flavors of the Mountain South.

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    A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail

    By Kent Rollins

    Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Released: 2015-04-07
    Hardcover (256 pages)

    A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail
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    Irresistible recipes from pantry ingredients by an authentic cowboy and TV veteran

    Whether he’s beating Bobby Flay at chicken-fried steak on the Food Network, catering for a barbecue, bar mitzvah, or wedding, or cooking for cowboys in the middle of nowhere, Kent Rollins makes comfort food that satisfies. This gifted cook, TV contestant, and storyteller takes us into his frontier world with simple food anyone can do.

    A cowboy’s day starts early and ends late. Kent offers labor-saving breakfasts like Egg Bowls with Smoked Cream Sauce. For lunch or dinner, there’s 20-minute Green Pepper Frito Pie, hands-off, four-ingredient Sweet Heat Chopped Barbecue Sandwiches, or mild and smoky Roasted Bean-Stuffed Poblano Peppers. He even parts with his prized recipe for Bread Pudding with Whisky Cream Sauce. (The secret to its lightness? Hamburger buns.) Kent gets creative with ingredients on everyone’s shelves, using lime soda to caramelize Sparkling Taters and balsamic vinegar to coax the sweetness out of Strawberry Pie.

    With stunning photos of the American West and Kent’s lively tales and poetry, A Taste of Cowboy is a must-have for everyone who loves good, honest food and wants a glimpse of a vanishing way of life.

    The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories

    By Barbara M. Walker

    Harper Collins
    Released: 1989-09-07
    Paperback (256 pages)

    The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder s Classic Stories
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    More than 100 recipes introduce the foods and cooking of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneer childhood, chronicled in her classic Little House books.

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    Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen

    By Beth Dooley

    Hardcover (200 pages)

    Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen
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    “Let’s dispense with the usual old notions of preserving,” Beth Dooley suggests, leading us into Mette Nielsen’s kitchen, where old-world Danish traditions meld with the freshest ideas and latest techniques to fill the pantry with the best of the season, all year long. Because those seasons can prove especially challenging in the northern heartland, Nielsen’s Nordic heritage is handy as she and Dooley show cooks, first-time and experienced canners alike, how to make the most of a short growing season. Their approach combines the brightness and bold flavors of the Nordic cuisines with an emphasis on the local, the practical, and the freshest ingredients to turn each season’s produce into a bounty of condiments. 

    From corn salsa to carrot lemon marmalade with ginger and cardamom, crispy pickled red onions to garlic scape pesto with lemon thyme, and caramel apple butter with lemongrass to puttanesca sauce to “Fit for a Queen Jam”—these recipes bring the best of the sweet and the savory to every menu. Low tech, simple, and fast, they eschew hot-water-bath methods in favor of chilling and freezing, keeping flavors and colors bold and bright; and they ease up on sugar to make way for the true savory sweetness of nature’s finest food.

    Savory Sweet is not your grandmother’s canning cookbook—but it is likely to be your grandchildren’s. 

    Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories

    By Jocelyn Delk Adams

    Agate Surrey
    Hardcover (224 pages)

    Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories
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    Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her family’s generations-old love of baking.

    As a child, Adams and her family would routinely embark on the ten-hour journey from their home in Chicago to Winona, Mississippi. There, she would watch her grandmother, affectionately nicknamed Big Mama, bake and develop delicious, melt-in-your-mouth desserts. From blooming tree-picked fruit to farm-raised eggs and fresh-churned butter, Big Mama used what was readily available to invent completely original treats. Adams treasured the moments when her mother, aunt, and Big Mama would bring her into the kitchen to let her dabble in the process as a rite of passage. Big Mama’s recipes became the fabric of their family heritage. Grandbaby Cakes is Adams’s love note to her family, thanking those who came before and passing on this touching tradition with 50 brilliant cakes.

    Grandbaby Cakes pairs charming stories of Big Mama’s kitchen with recipes ranging from classic standbys to exciting adventures—helpfully marked by degree of difficulty—that will inspire your own family for years to come. Adams creates sophisticated flavor combinations based on Big Mama’s gorgeous centerpiece cakes, giving each recipe something familiar mixed with something new. From pound cakes and layer cakes to sheet cakes and "baby" cakes (cupcakes and cakelettes), Grandbaby Cakes delivers fun, hip recipes perfect for any celebration.

    Readers will love this cookbook for its eclectic and bold recipes steeped in equal parts warm Southern charm and fresh Midwestern flavors. Not only will home bakers be able to make staples like yellow cake and icebox cake exactly how their grandmothers did, but they’ll also be preparing impressive innovations, like the Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake and the Fig-Brown Sugar Cake. Grandbaby Cakes is a collection for both new-aged and traditional bakers, but mostly it’s for anyone who wants a fresh, modern take on classic recipes as well as cakes full of heart and soul.

    Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook (Deckle edge)

    By Joanne Fluke

    Released: 2012-09-25
    Paperback (432 pages)

    Joanne Fluke s Lake Eden Cookbook (Deckle edge)
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    A delight for fans of Fluke's "New York Times"-bestselling series and for foodies everywhere, this beautifully packaged volume combines the most mouthwatering Hannah Swensen recipes along with new recipes and charming vignettes featuring favorite Lake Eden characters.

    Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience

    By Ron Faiola

    Brand: Agate Midway
    Hardcover (224 pages)

    Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience
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    Wisconsin Supper Clubs is a resource for and about supper clubs throughout Wisconsin that includes beautiful photographs of the unique supper club interiors, proprietors, and customers, as well as fascinating archival materials. Also recorded in this book are the regional specialties served at these clubs, ranging from popovers and fried pickles in the northern part of the state to Shrimp de Jonghe in the south. One Northwoods supper club even features fry bread, a traditional Native American dish uncommon to most any restaurant.

    The "supper club experience" is a tradition embodied by many long-standing restaurants scattered throughout the small towns of Wisconsin. It is based around a bygone idea that going out to dinner is an experience that lasts an entire evening. The clubs emphasizing food made from scratch, slow-paced dining, and family-run businesses. Combine this with stately dark-panel decor, complimentary relish trays, and the best brandy Old Fashioned sweet you'll ever have, and you have barely scratched the surface of the Wisconsin supper club's appeal.

    Author Ron Faiola is the critically acclaimed director and producer of the documentary by the same name. Supper clubs are hugely popular with Wisconsin locals and regularly frequented by all Midwestern foodies "in the know." With Wisconsin Supper Clubs as a guide, these establishments are primed to be choice summer road trip destinations for anyone looking for low-cost vacations this summer. After the successful debut of Faiola's documentary, this book is sure to be a hit throughout the region and beyond.

    The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie: Recipes, Techniques, and Wisdom from the Hoosier Mama Pie Company

    By Paula Haney

    Brand: Agate Midway
    Hardcover (384 pages)

    The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie: Recipes, Techniques, and Wisdom from the Hoosier Mama Pie Company
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    When Paula Haney first opened the Hoosier Mama Pie Company on March 14, 2009 (Pi day, appropriately enough), she worried whether her new business could survive by specializing in just one thing. When she opened her storefront that morning and saw a line around the block, she realized she had a more immediate problem: had she made enough pie? The shop closed early that day, but it has been churning out plenty of the Chicago's most delectable pies ever since.

    Since starting her career as a pastry chef at Trio, one of Chicago's top fine-dining restaurants, Haney dreamed of opening her own pie shop. Exhilarating and exhausting days spent creating fabulous new desserts to keep up with the restaurant's head chef--a then-unknown Grant Achatz, who would go on to culinary superstardom--left Haney in search of classic comfort food on her days off. Her disappointment in being unable to find a good slice of pie in all of Chicago led her to one conclusion: she needed to open her own store.

    Specializing in hand-made, artisanal pies that only use locally sourced and in-season ingredients, Hoosier Mama Pie Company has become a local favorite and a national destination gaining praise from Bon Appetit, the Food Network, and Food & Wine as one of the top pie shops in the country. Now, The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie delivers all the sumptuous secrets of buttery crusts, fruity fillings, creams and custards, chess pies, over-the-top pies, and even the stout and hearty savory pie. The practically oriented, easy-going, and accessible style of this book will help bakers both new and old make the perfect pie for every occasion.

    On top of all of this, The Hooser Mama Book of Pie also includes tips on technique, fascinating historical anecdotes, and an emphasis on special seasonal recipes, as well as quiches, hand pies, and scones. This beautifully photographed and designed book has the classic retro feel of the mid-20th century golden age of pie, and all the warmth and personality of the Hoosier Mama Pie Co.'s cozy Chicago storefront. The focus on using local produce and employing the farm-to-table philosophy gives the book a contemporary twist, helping home bakers make the freshest, most delicious pies imaginable. Now readers can take a little piece of the Hoosier Mama Pie Company anywhere they go.

    Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln's Life and Times

    By Rae Katherine Eighmey

    Released: 2014-02-04
    Hardcover (224 pages)

    Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln s Life and Times
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    Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen is a culinary biography unlike any before. The very assertion of the title--that Abraham Lincoln cooked--is fascinating and true. It's an insight into the everyday life of one of our nation's favorite and most esteemed presidents and a way to experience flavors and textures of the past. Eighmey solves riddles such as what type of barbecue could be served to thousands at political rallies when paper plates and napkins didn't exist, and what gingerbread recipe could have been Lincoln's childhood favorite when few families owned cookie cutters and he could carry the cookies in his pocket. Through Eighmey's eyes and culinary research and experiments--including sleuthing for Lincoln's grocery bills in Springfield ledgers and turning a backyard grill into a cast-iron stove--the foods that Lincoln enjoyed, cooked, or served are translated into modern recipes so that authentic meals and foods of 1820-1865 are possible for home cooks. Feel free to pull up a chair to Lincoln's table.

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