Best Midwestern U.S. Cooking, Food & Wine Books

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1. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods: A Cookbook

Author: by Tieghan Gerard
Clarkson Potter
English
288 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER There’s something for everyone in these 125 easy, show-stopping recipes: fewer ingredients, foolproof meal-prepping, effortless entertaining, and everything in between, including vegan and vegetarian options! NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND FOOD NETWORKThose indulgent, comfort food-esque dishes [Tieghan is] known for aren’t going anywhere….

You’ll be hard-pressed to decide which one to make first. Food & WineWe all want to make and serve our loved ones beautiful foodbut we shouldn’t have to work so hard to do it. With Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, Tieghan Gerard has solved that problem.

On her blog and in her debut cookbook, Tieghan is beloved for her freshly sourced, comfort-food-forward recipes that taste even better than they look. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple takes what fans loved most about Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and distills it into quicker, more manageable dishes, including options for one-pot meals, night-before meal prep, and even some Instant Pot or slow cooker recipes.


2. A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail

Author: by Kent Rollins
Mariner Books
English
256 pages

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Irresistible recipes from pantry ingredients by an authentic cowboy and TV veteran Whether he’s beating Bobby Flay at chicken-fried steak on the Food Network, catering for a barbecue, bar mitzvah, or wedding, or cooking for cowboys in the middle of nowhere, Kent Rollins makes comfort food that satisfies.

This gifted cook, TV contestant, and storyteller takes us into his frontier world with simple food anyone can do. A cowboy’s day starts early and ends late. Kent offers labor-saving breakfasts like Egg Bowls with Smoked Cream Sauce. For lunch or dinner, there’s 20-minute Green Pepper Frito Pie, hands-off, four-ingredient Sweet Heat Chopped Barbecue Sandwiches, or mild and smoky Roasted Bean-Stuffed Poblano Peppers.

He even parts with his prized recipe for Bread Pudding with Whisky Cream Sauce. (The secret to its lightness?Hamburger buns. Kent gets creative with ingredients on everyone’s shelves, using lime soda to caramelize Sparkling Taters and balsamic vinegar to coax the sweetness out of Strawberry Pie.


3. Michael Symon's Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace: A Cookbook

Author: by Michael Symon
Clarkson Potter
English
240 pages

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Cohost of The Chew and celebrated Iron Chef and restaurateur Michael Symon returns to a favorite subject, meat, with his first cookbook focused on barbecue and live-fire grilling, with over 70 recipes inspired by his newest restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, in his hometown of Cleveland.

In preparing to open his barbecue restaurant, Mabel’s BBQ, Michael Symon enthusiastically sampled smoked meat from across America. The 72 finger-licking, lip-smacking recipes here draw inspiration from his favorites, including dry ribs from Memphis, wet ribs from Nashville, brisket from Texas, pork steak from St. Louis, and burnt ends from Kansas City-to name just a few-as well as the unique and now signature Cleveland-style barbecue he developed to showcase the flavors of his hometown.

Michael offers expert guidance on working with different styles of grills and smokers, choosing aromatic woods for smoking, cooking various cuts of meat, and successfully pairing proteins with rubs, sauces, and sides. If you are looking for a new guide to classic American barbecue with the volume turned to high, look no further.


4. Fix-It and Forget-It New Slow Cooker Magic Box Set: Over 1,300 Classic, New, and Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

Author: by Phyllis Good
B07934FQ58
January 19, 2018
English

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The newest addition to the New York Times bestselling Fix-It and Forget-It series! The beloved Fix-It and Forget-It series has sold nearly 11 million copies, giving home cooks around the world exactly what they craverecipes for delicious, satisfying meals that anyone can make with simple ingredients and minimal preparation time.

Who doesn’t love being able to serve their family a wholesome dinner (and dessert! Without spending hours in the kitchenor a fortune on groceries? Now, New York Times bestselling author Phyllis Good presents a collection that gives cooks even more!

This three cookbook set of Phyllis Good’s classic slow cooker cookbooks features more than 1,300 recipes, this set includes three of Good’s favorite titles:Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker MagicFix-It and Forget-It New CookbookFix-It and Forget-It Cooking Light for Slow CookersEach section is packed with easy-to-follow, carefully tested recipes.

No one has enough time these dayswith a slow cooker, anyone can prepare a fantastic meal in minutes! The recipes use ingredients most people already have in their cupboardsno searching high and low for exotic foods that will break the bank.


5. Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm: A Cookbook

Author: by Molly Yeh
Rodale Books
English
304 pages

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Star of Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm, and winner of the Judges’ Choice IACP Cookbook Award, Molly Yeh explores home and family and celebrates her Jewish and Chinese heritage and her current Midwestern farm life in this cookbook featuring more than 120 recipes.

In 2013, food blogger and classical musician Molly Yeh left Brooklyn to live on a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border, where her fianc was a fifth-generation Norwegian-American sugar beet farmer. Like her award-winning blog My Name is Yeh, Molly on the Range chronicles her life through photos, new recipes, and hilarious stories from life in the city and on the farm.

Molly’s story begins in the suburbs of Chicago in the 90s, when things like Lunchables and Dunkaroos were the objects of her affection; continues into her New York years, when Sunday mornings meant hangovers and bagels; and ends in her beloved new home, where she’s currently trying to master the art of the hotdish.

Celebrating Molly’s Jewish/Chinese background with recipes for Asian Scotch Eggs and Scallion Pancake Challah Bread and her new hometown Scandinavian recipes for Cardamom Vanilla Cake and Marzipan Mandel Bread, Molly on the Range will delight everyone, from longtime readers to those discovering her glorious writing and recipes for the first time.


6. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

Author: by Ree Drummond
0061658197
William Morrow Cookbooks
English

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My name is Ree.Some folks know me as “The Pioneer Woman.” After years of living in Los Angeles, I made a pit stop in my hometown in Oklahoma on the way to a new, exciting life in Chicago. It was during my stay at home that I met Marlboro Man, a mysterious cowboy with steely blue eyes and a muscular, work-honed body.

A strict vegetarian, I fell hard and fast, and before I knew it we were married and living on his ranch in the middle of nowhere, taking care of animals, and managing a brood of four young children. I had no idea how I’d wound up there, but I knew it was exactly where I belonged.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined my experience in the country. I share many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes I’ve learned to make during my years as an accidental ranch wifeincluding Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy’s Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rollsnot to mention several “cowgirl-friendly” dishes, such as Sherried Tomato Soup, Olive Cheese Bread, and Crme Brle.


7. Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!

Author: by Phyllis Good
156148640X
Good Books
English

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1,400 slow-cooker recipes with over 1,500 *FIVE STAR* customer reviews! Finally, the best of the New York Times bestselling series all in one handsome volume! This is the perfect BIG COOKBOOK! Easy to understand, easy to useAbsolutely manageable for those who lack confidence in the kitchenConvenient for those who are short on timeWill create a chorus of make-it-again requests!

The recipes in this amazing treasure are all collected from some of America’s best home cooks, tested in real-life settings, and carefully selected from thousands of recipes. Eight small galleries of full-color photos of delectable slow-cooker dishes from the collection add sparkle throughout the cookbook.

Good Books has sold more than 11 million copies of Fix-It and Forget-It cookbooks. Three of Phyllis Good’s cookbooks have been New York Times bestsellers. Fix-It and Forget-It BIG COOKBOOK, with its 1,400 best slow-cooker recipes, is another winner!


8. Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes

Author: by Ronni Lundy
Clarkson Potter
English
320 pages

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Winner of the James Beard Foundation Book of the Year Award and Best Book, American Cooking, Victuals is an exploration of the foodways, people, and places of Appalachia. Written by Ronni Lundy, regarded as the most engaging authority on the region, Victuals guides us through the surprisingly diverse history-and vibrant present-of food in the Mountain South.

Victuals explores the diverse and complex food scene of the Mountain South through recipes, stories, traditions, and innovations. Each chapter explores a specific defining food or tradition of the region-such as salt, beans, corn (and corn liquor). The essays introduce readers to their rich histories and the farmers, curers, hunters, and chefs who define the region’s contemporary landscape.

Sitting at a diverse intersection of cuisines, Appalachia offers a wide range of ingredients and products that can be transformed using traditional methods and contemporary applications. Through 80 recipes and stories gathered on her travels in the region, Lundy shares dishes that distill the story and flavors of the Mountain South.


9. Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables (Vegetarian Cookbook, Vegetable Cookbook, Best Vegetarian Cookbooks)

Author: by Abra Berens
Chronicle Books
English
464 pages

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Named a Best Cookbook for Spring 2019 by The New York Times and Bon Appetit A how-to cook book spanning 29 types of vegetables: Author Abra Berenschef, farmer, Midwesternershares a collection of techniques that result in new flavors, textures, and ways to enjoy all the vegetables you want to eat.

From confit to caramelized and everything in betweenbraised, blistered, roasted and rawthe cooking methods covered here make this cookbook a go-to reference. You will never look at vegetables the same way again. Organized alphabetically by vegetable from asparagus to zucchini, each chapter opens with an homage to the ingredients and variations on how to prepare them.

With 300 recipes and 140 photographs that show off not only the finished dishes, but also the vegetables and farms behind them. If you are a fan of Plenty More, Six Seasons, Where Cooking Begins, or On Vegetables, you’ll love Ruffage . Ruffage will help you become empowered to shop for, store, and cook vegetables every day and in a variety of ways as a side or a main meal.

10. Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience

Author: by Ron Faiola
Agate Midway
English
224 pages

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Wisconsin Supper Clubs is a resource for and about supper clubs throughout Wisconsin that includes beautiful photographs of the unique supper club interiors, proprietors, and customers, as well as fascinating archival materials. Also recorded in this book are the regional specialties served at these clubs, ranging from popovers and fried pickles in the northern part of the state to Shrimp de Jonghe in the south.

One Northwoods supper club even features fry bread, a traditional Native American dish uncommon to most any restaurant. The “supper club experience” is a tradition embodied by many long-standing restaurants scattered throughout the small towns of Wisconsin. It is based around a bygone idea that going out to dinner is an experience that lasts an entire evening.

The clubs emphasizing food made from scratch, slow-paced dining, and family-run businesses. Combine this with stately dark-panel decor, complimentary relish trays, and the best brandy Old Fashioned sweet you’ll ever have, and you have barely scratched the surface of the Wisconsin supper club’s appeal.

11. Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit [A Baking Book]

Author: by Lisa Ludwinski
Lorena Jones Books
English
256 pages

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A bursting-with-personality cookbook from Sister Pie, the boutique bakery that’s making Detroit more delicious every day. Everything you want in a pie cookbook: careful directions, baker’s secret tips, inspired combinations, and a you-can-do-it attitude. Chicago TribuneIACP AWARD FINALIST NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES AND CHICAGO TRIBUNEAt Sister Pie, Lisa Ludwinski and her band of sister bakers are helping make Detroit sweeter one slice at a time from a little corner pie shop in a former beauty salon on the city’s east side.

The granddaughter of two Detroit natives, Ludwinski spends her days singing, dancing, and serving up a brand of pie love that has charmed critics and drawn the curious from far and wide. No one leaves without a slicethose who don’t have money in their pockets can simply cash in a prepaid slice from the pie it forward clothesline strung across the window.

With 75 of her most-loved recipes for sweet and savory piessuch as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pieand other bakeshop favorites, the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. Illustrated throughout with 75 drool-worthy photos and Ludwinski’s charming line illustrations, and infused with her plucky, punny style, bakers and bakery lovers won’t be able to resist this book.

12. Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories

Author: by Jocelyn Delk Adams
Agate Surrey
English
224 pages

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Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her family’s generations-old love of baking.

As a child, Adams and her family would routinely embark on the ten-hour journey from their home in Chicago to Winona, Mississippi. There, she would watch her grandmother, affectionately nicknamed Big Mama, bake and develop delicious, melt-in-your-mouth desserts. From blooming tree-picked fruit to farm-raised eggs and fresh-churned butter, Big Mama used what was readily available to invent completely original treats.

Adams treasured the moments when her mother, aunt, and Big Mama would bring her into the kitchen to let her dabble in the process as a rite of passage. Big Mama’s recipes became the fabric of their family heritage. Grandbaby Cakes is Adams’s love note to her family, thanking those who came before and passing on this touching tradition with 50 brilliant cakes.

13. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

Author: by Dawn J. Ranck
B00RW2UVPS
January 27, 2015
English

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Who’s hungry?EVERYONE. Who has time to cook?NO ONE. Dig out the slow cooker. Add a second and a third if you wish. Fill one with main-dish fixins and the others with go-alongs. Do it in the morning-or between work and after-school events.

Come home to richly-flavored, ready-to-serve food. Slow cookers are having a comeback.With good reason. They are friends on a day of running errands. They allow easy entertaining with no last-minute preparation. And vegetarians won’t find a better way to work with dried beans.

Slow cookers are gentle with the food budget-less expensive ingredients flourish in their slow, moist heat. Fix-It and Forget-It offers the range of recipes slow cookers do well: Appetizers and Snacks, Soups and Stews, Main Dishes (with and without meat), Vegetables and Go-Alongs, Desserts and Beverages.

Bring an element of simplicity-and quality-to your pressured life! Let your slow cooker work for you. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking.

14. Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round

Author: by Ron Faiola
English
224 pages
1572841931

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Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, a sequel to author/photographer Ron Faiola’s wildly popular first book on the topic (now in its sixth printing), gives readers a peek inside 50 additional clubs from across the Badger State. Traveling from the Northwoods to Beloit, Faiola documents some of the most exceptional and long-lived restaurants that embrace the decades-old supper club tradition.

These are largely family-owned establishments that believe in old-fashioned hospitality, slow-paced dining, and good scratch cooking. In this guide, readers will find interviews with supper club proprietors and customers as well as a bounty of photographs of classic dishes, club interiors, and other scenes from Faiola’s extensive travels.

Despite the chain restaurants that continue to dominate the culinary landscape, supper clubs across the Midwest are thriving today in many of the same ways as they have for the past 80 years. The term “supper club” has even been borrowed recently by the burgeoning underground restaurant scene, which champions an upscale-yet-communal dining experience similar to that offered by traditional supper clubs.

15. Taste of Home Farmhouse Favorites: Set your table with the heartwarming goodness of today's country kitchens

Author: by Taste of Home
English
336 pages
1617659525

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Set your table with the heartwarming goodness of delicious country classics from the best of Taste of Home. This keepsake collection of comforting recipes comes directly from farmhouse cooksthose who live in (and long for) the country. It’s time to sit back, relax and savor the heartwarming flavors the country has to offer.

From hearty breakfasts and all-American barbecues to freshly baked breads and family-reunion desserts, the downhome comfort found at a farmhouse table is simply irresistible. This keepsake collection of comforting recipes comes directly from farmhouse cooksthose who live in (and long for) the country.

Relish the specialties enjoyed in their own homesthe foods they set on their tables, rely on for special occasions and turn to when it’s time for an amazing sweet. So, settle in and relish the goodness of buttery biscuits, garden-fresh greats, crispy fried chicken and so much more.

With Farmhouse Favorites, the best of country cooking is always at your fingertips.

16. The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories

Author: by Minnesota Farmers Union
English
296 pages
1493046586

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Over 90 recipes reflecting Minnesota’s revered farm-to-table values. The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories is a collection of farmer-forward writings and chef-driven recipes, giving readers an inside look into the life of food and farming in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Expansive stretches of Minnesota farmland and rural communities mix with urban farms and vibrant cities to yield unique food partnerships and delicious farm-to-table fare. Recipes from breakfast to dessert, accompanied by stunning photography and farmers’ real-life stories, showcase the struggles and triumphs of Minnesota farmers, as well as the bounty they harvest.

Highlights include organic steel cut oatmeal with black currant blueberry jam, North Shore bouillabaisse, grilled hanger steak with swiss chard and tomato, and cherry-glazed madeleines.