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Heartland [Kindle Edition]

Judith Fertig
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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.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8274 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC (12 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ULBYYK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,029,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cookbook author Judith Fertig grew up in the Midwest, went to college and cooking school in Europe, and now lives in Kansas City. Her cookbooks reflect her love of bread, baking, barbecue, and the fabulous foods of the Heartland.

You can read some of her cookbooks like novels--the fabulously photographed Heartland, the award-winning and James Beard Awards-nominated Prairie Home Cooking, the encylopedic All-American Desserts, and Prairie Home Breads.

Others reflect her ongoing reign as a tiara-totin' BBQ Queen, along with co-author and co-queen Karen Adler, from BBQ Bash, 300 Big & Bold Barbecue Recipes, and Weeknight Grilling to 25 Essentials Planking and 25 Essentials Grilling Fish. Do you know the 4 BBQ Queen Waves for when you're famous for barbecue??? (Here are a few hints: Wiping the windshield, screwing in a lightbulb, fluttering the air. . . .)

And some of her cookbooks just make you want to get in that kitchen and stir up something new--with one-bowl, no-knead bread in 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads or with your "electric assisant" in The Artisan Bread Machine.

Check out her blog at http://www.alfrescofoodandlifestyle.blogspot.com/ for even more recipes, photos, and a peek into her kitchen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of America 17 Jun 2011
By wogan
Format:Hardcover
This book is almost a coffee table book, but also a cookbook of not the old fashioned Midwest comfort foods but more of a modern look at recipes with a Midwest heart.
There is the fine description of the mid west pantry, comparing the home canned goods of yesteryear with methods of today. Where the book shines is in the pictures of the mid west, the people, the food, the land.

There are not many pictures of the recipes themselves, but they are more focused on the bits and pieces of Midwest cooking.
Included recipes are; breakfast and brunch, breads, appetizers and drinks, salads and soups and desserts. Some of our family favorites have been, baked eggs with prosciutto and asiago cream, summer sangria and hunter's pie with buttery mashed potatoes.
This is a book for a cookbook collection, to use or to give as a gift to show off the heartland of America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for the Heartland! 8 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
Southern cooking tends to get all the attention in cookbooks when it comes to American cooking. Although it is well deserved, the US is a mighty big place and other regions deserve a mention, too. That's why I am excited to see a book about the middle of the US. After all, this is the farm belt and a lot of noteworthy cooking goes on in the farm kitchens.

Judith Fertig has done an outstanding job of assembling gorgeous photos and recipes from the Midwest that give you a picture and a taste of the heartland. Whether you are an armchair traveler or a curious cook, your curiosity about the Midwest will be satisfied with the comprehensive Heartland. It is one of the finest US regional cookbooks to date.

My full review can be read on the cookbook blog, Culinaria Libris.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FLAVORS AND FACES OF THE MIDWEST 17 April 2011
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Heartland, referring to the Midwestern states is well named as those states are in the center of our country. Of course, we're currently speaking of 12 states - Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, south Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. For those of us who were born in anyone of these states, although we have moved far away, that home state is still held in our hearts. We would agree with geographer James Shortridge who is quoted in the Introduction, "The Midwest is America's pastoral face, etched into our consciousness as a permanent physical location, despite the presence of industrial cities.' True for this reviewer.

What is also true for me and perhaps for you thoughts of home in the Midwest bring to mind good, hearty, healthful food. Not the kind we now find at drive-ins but the delicious homemade dishes we remember, and here they are again in this comprehensive, beautifully illustrated cookbook HEARTLAND. However, the author has put a definite twist on these recipes as all are made with very modern cooking methods ensuring not only easier preparation but a much shorter preparation time than our mothers knew.

You'll find recipes for breakfasts and brunches, appetizers, salads and soups, main dishes and desserts. There is 272 pages of pure enjoyment as in addition to recipes Fertig has included anecdotes, historical data, and quotations - all with a Midwestern flavor. In addition, for this reviewer much of the pleasure of opening a new cookbook is being introduced to valuable resources through the author's noted references. I discovered La Quercia in Norwalk, Iowa. This is a gem of a shop offering artisan crafted dry cured meats and other mouth watering difficult to find items. We've particularly enjoyed their prosciutto (wonderful on a crostino) and pancetta. Our order was carefully packed and swiftly delivered. You'll find them at [...]

Midwesterners are a diverse group so you'll find many ethnically inspired dishes in HEARTLAND. Plus, those wonderful quotations, such as "Moonlight butters the whole Iowa night. Clover and corn smells are thick as syrup." from one of my favorite authors W. P. Kinsella.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Cookbook 12 April 2011
By Books and Chocolate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I truly enjoyed reading this book because it was more than a collection of recipes. Heartland is a celebration of the Midwest with beautiful photos, stories, facts, and quotes that pay tribute to not only the food but the land and people as well.

At first I thought this would be a cookbook I wouldn't use because the first few recipes were for making rendered lard and smoked goat cheese, neither of which I'm likely to make. Thankfully I didn't stop there because there were so many more that I will try such as apricot cream cheese strudel, no-knead sour caraway rye bread, porch swing lemonade, old-fashioned buttermilk chocolate pound cake, rise and shine breakfast casserole, and pan roasted chicken with tarragon creamed corn.

As a cookbook, Heartland offers updated traditional recipes with an artisan twist for breakfasts, dinners, breads, preserves, desserts and drinks. In between the recipes are the stories of the people and places that define the Midwest, tributes to local farmer's markets, and quotes celebrating a simpler lifestyle. The beautiful photos of landscapes, farms, and food make it a book anyone would enjoy even if they don't cook.

I received a copy of this book for review by the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Travelog and coffee table book...with some recipes 3 Jun 2011
By Derrick Dodson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The majority of this book is pictures, and not that many of those are of the recipes. Fields of wheat, a cow by a fence, people dancing at a fair, a quaint farm house. It's all beautiful, but it has nothing to do with "The Cookbook." The recipes themselves seem pretty good, but they are few and far between in this tome. There are over 300 pages, and I'd venture a guess that there are around 100 recipes, each averaging little more than a page in length. I looked at the main courses chapter out of curiosity and found 17 recipes in 46 pages. A few of those recipes spilled over onto a second page, but a few were short and shared their pages with more beautiful photography. It about evened out, so barely more than a third of the chapter was actually a cookbook. Some of the recipes were also, in my opinion, of little actual value. I personally have no plans to render lard at home or smoke already smoked bacon. Again, that is all personal opinion, but that's really all I can offer. I was looking forward to a cookbook. I got a beautiful book of photography from the heartland that had a few recipes thrown in in between the florid quotes and discussions of farming.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of America 27 May 2011
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is almost a coffee table book, but also a cookbook of not the old fashioned Midwest comfort foods but more of a modern look at recipes with a Midwest heart.
There is the fine description of the mid west pantry, comparing the home canned goods of yesteryear with methods of today. Where the book shines is in the pictures of the mid west, the people, the food, the land.

There are not many pictures of the recipes themselves, but they are more focused on the bits and pieces of Midwest cooking.
Included recipes are; breakfast and brunch, breads, appetizers and drinks, salads and soups and desserts. Some of our family favorites have been, baked eggs with prosciutto and asiago cream, summer sangria and hunter's pie with buttery mashed potatoes.
This is a book for a cookbook collection, to use or to give as a gift to show off the heart of America
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY FAN-TASTIC!! 20 April 2011
By MO gal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book...not just COOK-book....but the best all around good-read book I've seen in a long time! Perhaps it's where (MO) and how (dairy farm) I grew up, but Ms Fertig brought back so many good growing-up memories for me! The beautiful photographs of actual working farms and people reminded me over again how farming is a way of life and not a job....the mouth-watering recipes, including the 'canning and preserving' ones remind of simpler days past when my sister and I ran free on our dairy farm all summer long. I remember well my mom and gramma's gardens and how summer seemed perpetually 'sticky', either with picked-fresh tomato, strawberry or peach juice running down your chin and neck or sweat running down both legs as you struggled with weeds growing among cucumber vines and green bean bushes or red faces as you helped in the hottest-place-in-the-world 'canning kitchen' that only cooled down late into the nite some days...but how beautiful and full the pantry shelves looked after summer was over and everything was 'put up' for winter eating!! The author's narration and notes thru out the book about the photographs and the general Midwest region show that she has definitely done her research and talked to more than a few people! I enjoyed every word of history and info about each place! There are more than a few recipes I intend to try...especially since I married a Scandinavian KS farm boy and this is the only cookbook I've ever even seen him pick up and look thru! Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane Ms Judith!
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