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The Heartland of America, the Midwest, is still the agricultural core of our country, its "pastoral face," where amber grain waves and the deer and a few antelope still play. Many Midwesterners are only a generation or two removed from the family farm, and their deep roots are reflected in the food they love and share. Heartland: The Cookbook, Judith Fertig's culinary ode to the Midwestern kitchen, celebrates its farm-to-table traditions, grounded in the bounty of the land and laced with the ethnic accents and pioneering spirit of the settlers. With its beautiful full-color photos of vistas and vittles, the collection also serves as a visual ode to the heart and soul of middle America. The recipes run the gastronomic gamut, from Winterberry Breakfast Pudding, Haymaker's Hash and Prairie Panzanella to Sunflower Cookie Brittle and Shaker-inspired Ohio Lemon Tart. Judith has made sure that prep techniques and cooking methods are streamlined for our time-challenged lives--Farmhouse Butter is "churned" in a Cuisinart, Rosy Rhubarb Syrup will keep, unsealed (and without canning hassles) in the fridge for a year and No-Knead Clover Honey Dough turns itself into coffee cake, yeast rolls and challah. --BookPage

The Heartland of America, the Midwest, is still the agricultural core of our country, its "pastoral face," where amber grain waves and the deer and a few antelope still play. Many Midwesterners are only a generation or two removed from the family farm, and their deep roots are reflected in the food they love and share. Heartland: The Cookbook, Judith Fertig's culinary ode to the Midwestern kitchen, celebrates its farm-to-table traditions, grounded in the bounty of the land and laced with the ethnic accents and pioneering spirit of the settlers. With its beautiful full-color photos of vistas and vittles, the collection also serves as a visual ode to the heart and soul of middle America. The recipes run the gastronomic gamut, from Winterberry Breakfast Pudding, Haymaker's Hash and Prairie Panzanella to Sunflower Cookie Brittle and Shaker-inspired Ohio Lemon Tart. Judith has made sure that prep techniques and cooking methods are streamlined for our time-challenged lives--Farmhouse Butter is "churned" in a Cuisinart, Rosy Rhubarb Syrup will keep, unsealed (and without canning hassles) in the fridge for a year and No-Knead Clover Honey Dough turns itself into coffee cake, yeast rolls and challah. --Book Page

About the Author

Judith Fertig is a food lifestyle writer and cookbook author. She has written for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, Vegetarian Times, and the New York Times. Her previous books include Prairie Home Cooking and Prairie Home Breads, as well as six BBQ titles she coauthored with Karen Adler. She resides in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449400574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449400576
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cookbook author Judith Fertig grew up in the Midwest, went to college and cooking school in Europe, and now lives in Kansas City. Described by Saveur Magazine as a "heartland cookbook icon," Fertig writes cookbooks that reflect her love of bread, baking, barbecue, and the fabulous foods of the Heartland.

You can read some of her cookbooks like novels--the fabulously photographed Heartland, the award-winning and James Beard Awards-nominated Prairie Home Cooking (a "tour de force," says Saveur), the encylopedic All-American Desserts, and Prairie Home Breads. Her IACP Cookbook Award-winning The Back in the Swing Cookbook (with Barbara C. Unell) takes you on a delicious daily journey to get you back in the swing after breast cancer.

And one of her books IS a novel, her debut The Cake Therapist (June 2015), the story of a talented pastry chef with a very special gift who opens a bakery in her hometown, with mesmerizing results.

Other books reflect her ongoing reign as a tiara-totin' BBQ Queen, having fun with co-author and co-queen Karen Adler, from BBQ Bash, 300 Big & Bold Barbecue Recipes, and Weeknight Grilling to 25 Essentials Planking, 25 Essentials Grilling Fish, and the best-selling The Gardener and the Grill. Do you know the 4 BBQ Queen Waves for when you become famous (for your barbecue or anything else) ?? Here are a few hints: Wiping the windshield, screwing in a lightbulb, fluttering the air. . . . Do them along with us on the Food Network. http://www.Youtube.com/watch?v=bGFVownwvVA

And some of her cookbooks just make you want to get in that kitchen and stir up something new--with one-bowl, no-knead bread in 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads or with your "electric assisant" in The Artisan Bread Machine.

Check out her blog on http://www.judithfertig.com/ for even more recipes, photos, and a peek into her kitchen.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Dodson VINE VOICE on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The majority of this book is pictures, and not that many of those are of the recipes. Fields of wheat, a cow by a fence, people dancing at a fair, a quaint farm house. It's all beautiful, but it has nothing to do with "The Cookbook." The recipes themselves seem pretty good, but they are few and far between in this tome. There are over 300 pages, and I'd venture a guess that there are around 100 recipes, each averaging little more than a page in length. I looked at the main courses chapter out of curiosity and found 17 recipes in 46 pages. A few of those recipes spilled over onto a second page, but a few were short and shared their pages with more beautiful photography. It about evened out, so barely more than a third of the chapter was actually a cookbook. Some of the recipes were also, in my opinion, of little actual value. I personally have no plans to render lard at home or smoke already smoked bacon. Again, that is all personal opinion, but that's really all I can offer. I was looking forward to a cookbook. I got a beautiful book of photography from the heartland that had a few recipes thrown in in between the florid quotes and discussions of farming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I truly enjoyed reading this book because it was more than a collection of recipes. Heartland is a celebration of the Midwest with beautiful photos, stories, facts, and quotes that pay tribute to not only the food but the land and people as well.

At first I thought this would be a cookbook I wouldn't use because the first few recipes were for making rendered lard and smoked goat cheese, neither of which I'm likely to make. Thankfully I didn't stop there because there were so many more that I will try such as apricot cream cheese strudel, no-knead sour caraway rye bread, porch swing lemonade, old-fashioned buttermilk chocolate pound cake, rise and shine breakfast casserole, and pan roasted chicken with tarragon creamed corn.

As a cookbook, Heartland offers updated traditional recipes with an artisan twist for breakfasts, dinners, breads, preserves, desserts and drinks. In between the recipes are the stories of the people and places that define the Midwest, tributes to local farmer's markets, and quotes celebrating a simpler lifestyle. The beautiful photos of landscapes, farms, and food make it a book anyone would enjoy even if they don't cook.

I received a copy of this book for review by the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MO gal on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book...not just COOK-book....but the best all around good-read book I've seen in a long time! Perhaps it's where (MO) and how (dairy farm) I grew up, but Ms Fertig brought back so many good growing-up memories for me! The beautiful photographs of actual working farms and people reminded me over again how farming is a way of life and not a job....the mouth-watering recipes, including the 'canning and preserving' ones remind of simpler days past when my sister and I ran free on our dairy farm all summer long. I remember well my mom and gramma's gardens and how summer seemed perpetually 'sticky', either with picked-fresh tomato, strawberry or peach juice running down your chin and neck or sweat running down both legs as you struggled with weeds growing among cucumber vines and green bean bushes or red faces as you helped in the hottest-place-in-the-world 'canning kitchen' that only cooled down late into the nite some days...but how beautiful and full the pantry shelves looked after summer was over and everything was 'put up' for winter eating!! The author's narration and notes thru out the book about the photographs and the general Midwest region show that she has definitely done her research and talked to more than a few people! I enjoyed every word of history and info about each place! There are more than a few recipes I intend to try...especially since I married a Scandinavian KS farm boy and this is the only cookbook I've ever even seen him pick up and look thru! Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane Ms Judith!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is almost a coffee table book, but also a cookbook of not the old fashioned Midwest comfort foods but more of a modern look at recipes with a Midwest heart.
There is the fine description of the mid west pantry, comparing the home canned goods of yesteryear with methods of today. Where the book shines is in the pictures of the mid west, the people, the food, the land.

There are not many pictures of the recipes themselves, but they are more focused on the bits and pieces of Midwest cooking.
Included recipes are; breakfast and brunch, breads, appetizers and drinks, salads and soups and desserts. Some of our family favorites have been, baked eggs with prosciutto and asiago cream, summer sangria and hunter's pie with buttery mashed potatoes.
This is a book for a cookbook collection, to use or to give as a gift to show off the heart of America
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joyfully Retired on May 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A new book that completely spoke my name. Heartland: The Cookbook by Judith Vertig is, yes a cookbook, but it's a lot more. This book celebrates everything that is so wonderful about the very center, the heart of the United States. That would be it's soil, all it's vegetation. it's rivers and lakes, it's weather, it's animals, and all the people who live and have lived there.

The first sections of the book makes for very good reading. The Introduction is everything a person wants to know about the Midwest. It's very interesting, even for those of us who have lived there. The Pantry section sets out some key techniques and recipes that are basic for many of the other recipes in the book. The remaining chapters are about breads, breakfasts, appetizers and drinks, salads and soups, main dishes and desserts. Finishing the book was a good listing of resources and an index.

There are so many dishes I want to try but let me just show you my top ten.

Sweet Potato Waffles With Whipped Orange Butter
No-Knead Clover Honey Dough for various rolls and breads
Grilled Pear Salad with Bleu Cheese and Honey
Beet Queen Salad with Smoked Goat Cheese (including how to smoke the cheese)
Two Drinks: Farm Girl Cosmo and Garden Gimlet
Crisp Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Blackberry-Lavender Syrup
Apple-Smoked Trout with Horseradish Creme Fraiche
Carmalized Cabbage Rolls
Honeycrisp Apple Upside-Down Pie

Doesn't that sample sound good? This is one cookbook I know I'll read, use, and treasure for a long time. It's perfect for people like me with a Heartland heart.
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