The Cookbook

By Judith Fertig; Jonathan Chester (Photographer); Ben Pieper (Photographer)

Andrews McMeel Publishing, Hardcover, 9781449400576, 283pp.

Publication Date: April 26, 2011


Heartland is a culinary celebration of the bounty of the Midwest, where farm-to-table isn’t a movement, it’s a way of life. 150 delicious recipes, stories, literary references, and photography take the reader on a journey layered with sensory experiences through the heart of American cooking.

Although much of the nation is only beginning to embrace the farm-to-table movement, residents of the Midwest have been living off the bounty of the land since the pioneer days. Judith Fertig's Heartland melds contemporary cooking with an authentic and appreciative approach to the land, presenting 150 recipes for farm-bounty fare with a modern twist. With a focus on ethnic food traditions as well as seasonal and local flavors of artisan producers, heirloom ingredients, and heritage meats, Heartland embraces the spirit and flavors of the modern farmhouse. Inside, offerings such as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup, No-Knead Caraway Rye Bread, and Brew Pub Planked Cheeses comingle with recipes such as Wild Rice Soup with Flyover Duck Confit, Heartland Daube with White Cheddar Polenta, and Italian Fig Cookies.

In addition to the mouthwatering recipes and time-proven wisdom, Heartland includes an ample mix of humorous storytelling, literary and cooking references, and lush full-color landscape and food photography that showcases the heart of American cooking from the nation's heartland.

About the Author
Judith Fertig is an award-winning cookbook author whose food and lifestyle writing has appeared in more than a dozen publications, including "Bon Appetit", "Saveur", and the "New York Times". Judith attended the Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris and the Graduate Summer Workshop at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She teaches cooking classes across the country and lives in Kansas City.

Jonathan Chester is a veteran polar photographer and expeditioner. The photographs in this book are from his many Antarctic expeditions. Patrick Regan has written lots of books--some with penguins, some without. You can learn more about Jonathan and Patrick and their books at extremeimages.com and patrickreganbooks.com. Previous books by this creative duo include "Flipping Brilliant, To Love Is to Fly, "" Stay Cool, "and" My Unflappable Mom."