Fresh Midwest Modern recipes from the heartland

Maren Ellingboe King

Book - 2022

"A cookbook from the heart of Minnesota, inspired by an archive of recipes from the author's grandmother and great-grandmother. In this debut cookbook, recipe developer and Minnesota native Maren Ellingboe King perfectly combines the nostalgia of traditional midwestern dishes and influences of her Scandinavian heritage with an emphasis on local, unprocessed ingredients. Ellingboe King celebrates the growing diversity of her home state with a modern take on traditional recipes by using ...fresh produce, more spice, and more heat, all while retaining the simplicity and approachability of her family's recipes. Readers will find Apple Gjetost Grilled Cheese, Lefse Pinwheels, Caraway Roast Chicken, Venison with Lingonberries and Juniper, Cardamom Stone Fruit Cobbler, and, of course, several variations of the hotdish. At a time when so many of us are at home and cooking more than ever, Fresh Midwest is the perfect combination of comfort and inspiration with most recipes designed to be made in an hour or less"--

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Subjects
Genres
Cookbooks
Published
New York, NY : Countryman Press, an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company, Independent Publishers Since 1923 [2022]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xiii, 234 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm
ISBN
9781682686966
1682686965
Main Author
Maren Ellingboe King (author)
Other Authors
Eliesa Johnson (photographer)
  • Appetizers
  • Soups & Salads
  • Pasta, Grains & Breads
  • Chicken, Meat & Seafood
  • Vegetables, Sides & Pickles
  • Gatherings
  • Desserts
  • Breakfast & Brunch.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Although practiced in thousands of homes across America's heartland, Midwestern cooking has a reputation for overly relying on processed ingredients. Casserole concoctions (regionally dubbed "hot dish") invariably have a can or two of condensed soup and a load of processed cheese. Raised in Minnesota, King believes that Midwestern cooking can equal any other American regional cuisine. Given the vast acreage of farms and accessible gardens in the Midwest, King wants to refocus the cuisine on what is local, seasonal, and most flavorful. The traditions of descendants from nineteenth-century Scandinavian and Danish immigrants still appear in recipes for intensely spiced cardamom rolls and kringle. But pork chops come with apple mostarda, an Italian influence. In fact, King admits her recipes tend to have much more spicing in them than the bland foods of her childhood. And her repertoire of salads eschews any of the gelatin-based concoctions popular in the 1950s. King offers menus for special occasions and get-togethers, and as for her versions of hot dish, only one of them calls for frozen tater tots. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this solid debut, King, a recipe developer and Minnesota native, updates dozens of dishes "straight out of the Midwestern comfort food canon" with a mix of influences from her Scandinavian heritage and her family's own go-to recipes. An adaptation of cheesy potatoes (a staple, she writes, "at church potlucks across the Midwest") riffs on her grandmother Nancy's recipe, while renditions of Scandinavian classics—such as lefse (a mashed potato flatbread), a smorgasbord featuring smørrebrød (a Danish, open-faced sandwich), and Swedish meatballs—reflect the flavors of Minnesota's large Norwegian and Swedish populations. King also cleverly integrates Scandinavian influences into other traditions: her kraftskiva incorporates both the traditional flavors of Swedish crawfish boils as well as Cajun-influenced spices, and she adds aquavit (a popular Scandinavian spirit) to French-style moules frites. Readers will appreciate King's straightforward recipes just as much as her charming headnotes and essays, an entertaining blend of anecdotes and fascinating cultural context (in an introduction to her Bootlegger Jell-O Shots, King shares that "the bootlegger cocktail was created by the Minnesota country club set during Prohibition to mask the taste of harsh bathtub gin"). The result is a wonderful introduction to Midwestern cooking and its rich traditions. Agent: Leigh Eisenman, Wolf Literary. (Sept.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A cookbook from the heart of Minnesota, inspired by an archive of recipes from the author's grandmother and great-grandmother. In this debut cookbook, recipe developer and Minnesota native Maren Ellingboe King perfectly combines the nostalgia of traditional midwestern dishes and influences of her Scandinavian heritage with an emphasis on local, unprocessed ingredients. Ellingboe King celebrates the growing diversity of her home state with a modern take on traditional recipes by using fresh produce, morespice, and more heat, all while retaining the simplicity and approachability of her family's recipes. Readers will find Apple Gjetost Grilled Cheese, Lefse Pinwheels, Caraway Roast Chicken, Venison with Lingonberries and Juniper, Cardamom Stone Fruit Cobbler, and, of course, several variations of the hotdish. At a time when so many of us are at home and cooking more than ever, Fresh Midwest is the perfect combination of comfort and inspiration with most recipes designed to be made in an hour or less"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A cookbook from the heart of Minnesota, inspired by an archive of recipes from the author’s grandmother and great-grandmother.