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Title:
Midwest made : big, bold baking from the heartland
ISBN:
9780762464500
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
318 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Introduction -- In my pantry -- My top 10 tools -- Sweet doughs -- Pastries -- Pie -- Cookie jar contenders -- Counter cakes -- Bars -- Special occasion cakes -- Summer sweets -- Savories -- Winter holidays -- Elements.
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A Love Letter to America's Heartland, the Great Midwest When it comes to defining what we know as all-American baking, everything from Bundt cakes to brownies have roots that can be traced to the great Midwest. German, Scandinavian, Polish, French, and Italian immigrant families baked their way to the American Midwest, instilling in it pies, breads, cookies, and pastries that manage to feel distinctly home-grown. After more than a decade of living in California, author Shauna Sever rediscovered the storied, simple pleasures of home baking in her Midwestern kitchen. This unique collection of more than 125 recipes includes refreshed favorites and new treats: Rhubarb and Raspberry Swedish Flop Danish Kringle Secret-Ingredient Cherry Slab Pie German Lebkuchen Scotch-a-Roos Smoky Cheddar-Crusted Cornish Pasties . . . and more, which will make any kitchen feel like a Midwestern home.
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A Love Letter to America's Heartland, the Great Midwest

When it comes to defining what we know as all-American baking, everything from Bundt cakes to brownies have roots that can be traced to the great Midwest. German, Scandinavian, Polish, French, and Italian immigrant families baked their way to the American Midwest, instilling in it pies, breads, cookies, and pastries that manage to feel distinctly home-grown.



After more than a decade of living in California, author Shauna Sever rediscovered the storied, simple pleasures of home baking in her Midwestern kitchen. This unique collection of more than 125 recipes includes refreshed favorites and new treats:

Rhubarb and Raspberry Swedish Flop Danish Kringle Secret-Ingredient Cherry Slab Pie German Lebkuchen Scotch-a-Roos Smoky Cheddar-Crusted Cornish Pasties

. . . and more, which will make any kitchen feel like a Midwestern home.


Author Notes

Shauna Sever is the author of Pure Vanilla, Marshmallow Madness, and Real Sweet . She is a radio contributor for The Splendid Table, and has appeared on the TODAY Show and Food Network. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Food52, Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, Family Circle, Real Simple, Midwest Living Magazine, and many others. She lives with her husband and two children in Chicago.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Baker Sever (Pure Vanilla) highlights more than 125 sweet and savory Midwestern dishes in this enticing and homey cookbook. Noting the regionalisms of Midwestern baking--"recipes that show up in one place won't necessarily show up all over the region"--Sever serves up pages of toothsome comfort food as she shares the background on many of the recipes. Noting that the first-ever-published banana bread recipe, from 1930s food writer Mary Ellis ("a veritable prototype for Martha Stewart"), is pitch perfect, she doesn't change a thing. Others, like the classic brownie--which originated at Chicago's Palmer House hotel in 1893--gets an update with the addition of pure peppermint extract. She gives cinnamon rolls an ingenious boost with Chinese five-spice powder; the addition of red wine puts her Sweet Cherry Slab Pie over the top; and the inclusion of sour cream and brown sugar elevates homemade frozen custard. She rounds out the volume with such delightfully quirky recipes as the Donut Loaf, a bread that tastes like a donut (it's the nutmeg); decadent layered oatmeal and chocolate in the Chocolate-Espresso Revel Bars; and Nebraskan runzas, a handheld meat pie filled with spiced beef and cabbage. Sever delivers hit after hit in a collection that will appeal to bakers of all skill levels. (Oct.)


Booklist Review

Buy this for the amazing homage to Midwestern baked goods of many tastes and shapes 125 recipes, to be exact. Borrow and read it to learn the difference between Chicago and New York cheesecakes, understand the derivation of the almost flourless Monster cookie, and master the browning of butter. In her fourth book, Sever (Pure Vanilla, 2012) cuts to the chase by admitting her motto: no carb left behind. She meanders through the middle of the country, from the Dakotas to Ohio, Michigan to Missouri, with an absolute instinct for the best pastries, pies, savories, cakes, and the like. Her writing is superb, and even giggle-producing, as she reminisces about relatives, the secret to counter-cakes, and wedding cookie tables (who knew?). When it comes to her recipes, there's no stopping (and no choosing): coffee caramel monkey bread, Cleveland-style cassata cake, red berries and cream gelatin mold, Swedish limpa, big soft pretzels, State Street brownies (born in 1893 at the Palmer House in Chicago), Dutch letters from Pella, Iowa, and something simply called a pan full of happy. Great color photographs, clear directions that soothe home bakers, and an oven's worth of tips solidify this as a must-read and -have.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2010 Booklist