A cookbook from the heart of the Midwest, 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 the upper midwest 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 Midwestis the perfect combination of comfort and inspiration with most recipes designed to be made in an hour or less.
Maren Ellingboe King is a recipe developer and food stylist who grew up outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. A former Food & Wine editor, she has worked with the likes of Sunset, New York Times, Williams-Sonoma, Target, and more. Maren lives with her family in Minneapolis.
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Maren Ellingboe King spent years working in both the front and back of the house in restaurants in Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York City before becoming an editor at Food & Wine in 2011. She started assisting Bay Area food stylists when she moved there in 2015. Maren returned to her home state of Minnesota and is now a full-time food stlylist and recipe developer.