Amy Thielen’s new book The New Midwestern Table is so much more than a cookbook. I’m so excited about this book. Here are a few of the reasons it jumped into my arms and insisted I buy it.
""The New Midwestern Table" is a book to get excited about. Being more accustomed to regional Italian myself, it is simply wonderful to discover and become engaged in regional American cuisine. Amy's Midwestern table is a richly woven tapestry of nature's bounty, and a tale of the passionate love and gentle care that goes into its preparation. Finding yourself lost in the folds of this culinary story--filled with delicious recipes--is an exciting journey, and one I most certainly recommend." --Lidia Bastianich "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."--Michael Anthony "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-Ubercool 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."--Andrew Zimmern "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."--Michael Ruhlman
Amy Thielen's book 'The New Midwestern Table" is an exceptionally well written cookbook that is highlighted with beautiful photography. Amy has a tremendous knowledge of food and food culture and she masterfully intertwines this with family stories and history that we can all relate to at some level. Amy shares with us some recipes that have been handed down unchanged for generations in many Midwestern families and she obviously uses her skills as a New York Chef to give a modern twist to some old recipes that we will all recognize. The New Midwestern Table is a cookbook for everyone who loves food and loves to share food with family and friends. This is a cookbook that is actually fun to read and makes you want to start cooking.
Thielen brings her Minnesota background and her experience as a chef in New York City to the table for a modern (and more youthful) take on the flavors of what one might call the Upper Midwest. What that means is that there are recipes for Best-Ever Beer Soup (no Velveeta here), chicken paprikash, a dressed-up hot dish that's topped with Ritz crackers, lengthier projects like canning preserves and making your own sauerkraut, and more. Below, a peek inside the book and a preview of the show. The New Midwestern Table is out from Clarkson Potter September 24 ().
Title: The New Midwestern Table. 200 Heartland Recipes
Author: Amy Thielen
Publisher: Clarkston-Potter, 2013
Source: My personal copy