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The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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“We read Amy Thielen’s work with the same excitement that readers from outside the South must have felt upon first encountering Edna Lewis and Bill Neal in the 1970s and 1980s, when they learned that Southern cooking was diverse, deeply rooted in the landscape, and compelling. The New Midwestern Table marks the debut of a major new voice in American cooking.”
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee
“Amy Thielen’s beautiful book honors a cuisine that is all too often ignored or disrespected by bicoastal trend seekers: heartland fare that is nourishing in all sorts of ways. To cook from this book is to partake of precious national tradition. To eat from it is to savor food unique to America, with roots all around the world. For the Lace Potato Pancakes recipe alone, The New Midwestern Table earns a prominent place on our shelf of favorites.”
—Jane and Michael Stern
“Amy allows us all to see our American culinary history through the eyes of an experienced, talented, and hungry, contemporary chef. She uses her training and imagination to recognize the full potential of her native Midwestern landscape highlighted with delicious foods, flavorful family traditions, excellent producers, and a society eager to reconnect with a distinctive, regional dining culture.”
“Thielen has done the impossible, breaking new ground on a well-worn food meme. Like finding the perfect new leather coat that looks like gramps wore it for decades, she has channeled a seemingly brilliant incongruity. In hybridizing her northern prairie–übercool grandma meets modernist-craftsman gastronaut, she has defined the food of our ‘place’ in a way that’s never been done before. Beautifully written, culturally meaningful, and loaded with brilliant cookery, The New Midwestern Table dances on a wire with one foot in the twenty-first century and the other in the nineteenth.”
"I’m biased on the Midwestern book, as it’s my home turf, but the Minnesotan Thielen, who logged serious years as a cook and chef at some of the best restaurants in Manhattan until she began a family, brings new life to recipes that are so at home in this part of America, dishes featuring our lake fish and our abundant venison, and vibrant takes on pot roasts and meat pies, recipes from simple salads to more elaborate preparations for headcheese and red current jelly."
Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are easy to follow and reasonable, with only minimal amounts of what I would consider unusual ingredients. These ingredients, (like currants, for instance) are only unusual in certain regions of the Country, and are well worth getting acquainted with, for sure!! The recipes cover everything from breakfast to desserts and more. Even some bread recipes! I especially love that there are some canning and pickling recipes included, as well as some vintage and Scandinavian gems.
I was so pleasantly surprised to find a recipe for old-fashioned potato doughnuts here, that I actually squealed in the book store. LOL Why? Because for 25 years, my husband has often mourned the loss of his Grandfather's Depression-Era potato doughnut recipe. I have his Grandfather's old doughnut cutter, but have never been able to find a recipe. Finding the recipe in this cookbook was definitely squeal-worthy!
There is an emphasis on natural ingredients and on the hearty family meal in this book that I really appreciate. I also appreciate that it contains far more recipes that I will actually try than those that I probably won't. Cookbook gold!
Thielen has a conversational, storytelling style that compels you to want to run to the store *right now* and pick up everything you need to survive with nothing but this book.
In the few weeks since I've owned this cookbook I have learned why my pot roasts were always turning out so tough, I found a way to make the best onion dip ever without a powdery mix, and my 14 year old son made excellent chocolate chip cookies from scratch (And stocked our freezer with cookie dough as well).
The recipes are wholesome, delicious, inspiring and healthful. Most will easily feed a family of 4-6, but since the aim in the Midwest is to be hospitable, most will stretch even farther with little effort.
I may even get over my fear of baking pies. . .I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile this book is already gravy splattered and flour sprinkled and sits alongside my favorites. . ."The Joy of Cooking" and "The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Guide to Cooking". They are quickly getting edged out!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been a chef for 10+ years. This is my go to when I cook at home and for my Minnesota family.Published 21 days ago by B
If you love cookbooks (as I do) this will not disappoint. Beautiful photos and great writing. (It was no surprise when she mentioned an MFA or at least some writing experience if I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. C. O'Connor
Great, fun, regional book. I grew up in Wisconsin, so these recipes are all nostalgic for me. My family loved the Butcher's Kraut. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Guerrero
I almost gave this creative, interesting book 4 stars because of the picture of the cute little piglet on page 161, in the middle of the pork chapter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jack's Mum
Love Amy! She may be cooking traditional meals and desserts, but she definitely brings her own style and also some tips that generations in her
family have passed down. Read more
This is the best cookbook I've ever bought. In fact, I've bought this 3 times now. The original book I bought, one to replace in when I accidentally left it somewhere.... Read morePublished 5 months ago by kenzington
This book was like sitting down and talking to a friend. Very well thought out and put together. I saw her on the food network and made a couple of her recipes and had to get the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer