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Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food (At Table)

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Publisher Comments:

With its corn by the acre, beef on the hoof, Quaker Oats, and Kraft Mac n Cheese, the Midwest eats pretty well and feeds the nation on the side. But theres more to the midwestern kitchen and palate than the farm food and sizable portions the region is best known for beyond its borders. It is to these heartland specialties, from the heartwarming to the downright weird, that Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie invites the reader. 

The volume brings to the table an illustrious gathering of thirty midwestern writers with something to say about the gustatory pleasures and peculiarities of the region. In a meditation on comfort food, Elizabeth Berg recalls her aunts meatloaf. Stuart Dybek takes us on a school field trip to a slaughtering house, while Peter Sagal grapples with the ethics of paté. Parsing Cincinnati five-way chili, Robert Olmstead digresses into questions of Aztec culture. Harry Mark Petrakis reflects on owning a South Side Chicago lunchroom, while Bonnie Jo Campbell nurses a sweet tooth through a fudge recipe in the Joy of Cooking and Lorna Landvik nibbles her way through the Minnesota State Fair. These are just a sampling of what makes Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie—with its generous helpings of laughter, culinary confession, and information—an irresistible literary feast.

Review:

"Food writer Wolff, who grew up in the Midwest and still resides there, has amassed a brilliant collection of Heartland food stories. The contents of the book range from essays by novelists (Elizabeth Berg, Jaquelyn Mitchard, and others) to works by newspaper columnists, cookbook authors, and chefs. Some are humorous; others are nostalgic, or are filled with fascinating historical facts and tidbits. The collection is organized into four major parts: 'Midwestern Staples' (including an in-depth look at Chicago's Italian beef sandwiches by Michael Stern and an ode to the fried pork tenderloin sandwich by Jon Yates); 'Distant Cultures,' in which Minnesotan Anne Dimock and others examine the foods that arrived with various immigrants (in her case, rhubarb, a German-Scandinavian dessert essential for pie, kuchen, and kram); 'Holidays, Fairs, and Events' (readers will be amply sated by Lorna Landvik's culinary tour of the Minnesota State Fair); 'A Full Belly' (including Douglas Bauer's view of his mother's hard work in her Iowa farm kitchen) and 'The Midwestern Sweet Tooth' (Bundt cakes, fudge, and beyond, as in 'When a Pie Is More Than a Pie' by cookbook writer Jeremy Jackson). The 30 essays and 14 recipes (a portion of which are reprints) bring the flavors of the Midwest vividly to life; but, more importantly, they dig deeply into the universal connections between food, family, time, and place." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

 Peggy Wolff has written on food and food culture for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, and Orlando Sentinel. She is the food editor for REALIZE Magazine.
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803236455
Author:
Wolff, Peggy
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Subject:
American - Middle Western States
Subject:
Cooking and Food-US Midwestern
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
At Table
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 recipes
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Food Writing » General
Cooking and Food » General
Cooking and Food » Regional and Ethnic » United States » Midwestern

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Food writer Wolff, who grew up in the Midwest and still resides there, has amassed a brilliant collection of Heartland food stories. The contents of the book range from essays by novelists (Elizabeth Berg, Jaquelyn Mitchard, and others) to works by newspaper columnists, cookbook authors, and chefs. Some are humorous; others are nostalgic, or are filled with fascinating historical facts and tidbits. The collection is organized into four major parts: 'Midwestern Staples' (including an in-depth look at Chicago's Italian beef sandwiches by Michael Stern and an ode to the fried pork tenderloin sandwich by Jon Yates); 'Distant Cultures,' in which Minnesotan Anne Dimock and others examine the foods that arrived with various immigrants (in her case, rhubarb, a German-Scandinavian dessert essential for pie, kuchen, and kram); 'Holidays, Fairs, and Events' (readers will be amply sated by Lorna Landvik's culinary tour of the Minnesota State Fair); 'A Full Belly' (including Douglas Bauer's view of his mother's hard work in her Iowa farm kitchen) and 'The Midwestern Sweet Tooth' (Bundt cakes, fudge, and beyond, as in 'When a Pie Is More Than a Pie' by cookbook writer Jeremy Jackson). The 30 essays and 14 recipes (a portion of which are reprints) bring the flavors of the Midwest vividly to life; but, more importantly, they dig deeply into the universal connections between food, family, time, and place." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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