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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 Appetit, 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I really like this book. I checked it out from the library several times (several meaning like six, at least), and finally decided that I better just buy it! The recipes remind me of my childhood growing up in the midwest. I love that it has little stories worked in about farming and traditional foods in the midwest. The photographs are great as well - they show the food for the recipes, but there are also pictures of farms, livestock, and general midwest farmland and life beauty. It's rare to find a cookbook that is also a great read, but this is one of them! It is so much more than just a collection of delicious recipes, which makes it fun and interesting to look at again and again.
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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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Bought this on recommendation of my sis who raved about this book. It's a quality, oversized book with LOTS of wonderful pictures and information on America's Heartland where our mother was born and raised. The recipes don't actually fit MY lifestyle (too complicated, too advanced) but I'm NOT an advanced cook! Will probably pass this on to my little homemaker granddaughter.
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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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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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