The Minnesota Table
Savoring Local Foods Throughout the Seasons
The cookbook of the moment: "The Minnesota Table". Author Shelley N.C. Holl introduces readers to the state's farmers, food artisans and traditions through beautifully drawn essays and sketches, and chef BJ Carpenter's seasonally focused menus feature recipes that creatively exploit familiar, locally raised ingredients.
“This is one of those cookbooks, if it is accurate to call it such, that is as enjoyable and interesting to read as it is to cook…For the growing population of folks concerned with supporting local food economies by eating vegetables, meat, and dairy produced close to home, Holl’s essays will likely feel highly relevant, providing new insight, resources, and perhaps some fun road trips. For her part, Carpenter, a culinary instructor and former restaurateur, provides seasonal recipes that are relatively simple in their elements (letting all those locally produced meats and veggies sing) yet sophisticated and delicious.”
“It’s a lovely book, one which proves that “Minnesota food” doesn’t have to mean endless recipes for hotdish and bars. The authors, Shelley N.C. Holl and B.J. Carpenter, have done a splendid job of demonstrating that locally grown food can be prepared in ways that respect the beauty of the ingredients while still managing to be accessible. Truly, I love this book. The more I dig through it, the more I find that I didn’t know. If you are at all interested in locally-grown foods, this book is worth having on your shelf, whether or not “local” for you means Minnesota.”
You sit down for a quick look-through, but find, an hour later, that you’ve been going page-by-page, reading Holls’s fascinating text…Holl provides mouth-watering photographs and delicate watercolors. Carpenter offers unexpected recipes. – Lavender Magazine
There are plenty of recipes--delicious recipes, focused on the kinds of foods that are raised in Minnesota. But to call it a collection of recipes would be a grave understatement. This lovely book is more of an exploration of the Minnesota foodscape, covering all kinds of topics--it's almost like an essay collection with recipes, rather than a cookbook (although there are tons of recipes too)…This book is a gem. – www.knitthink.typepad.com/flyoverland
The Minnesota Table offers something for everyone, whether you’re the type of person who can’t wait to start rattling pans at the first sight of an ingredient list, or one who prefers to sit back and read about the history and characters of the local food scene. Full-color photographs and lavish watercolor illustrations round out the book, as do the numerous helpful tips for basic culinary techniques like the blanching and freezing of vegetables, or the drying of herbs, proof that Holl and Carpenter not only know their way around the state of the kitchen as well. -- Edible Twin Cities, Summer 2010
The Minnesota Table offers something for everyone, whether you’re the type of person who can’t wait to start rattling pans at the first sight of an ingredient list, or one who prefers to sit back and read about the history and characters of the local food scene. Full-color photographs and lavish watercolor illustrations round out the book, as do the numerous helpful tips for basic culinary techniques like the blanching and freezing of vegetables, or the drying of herbs, proof that Holl and Carpenter not only know their way around the state of the kitchen as well. - Edible Twin Cities, Summer 2010
If you are a locavore and want to find some of the unique gems that your state has to offer, this book is your road map. And if you don’t feel like visiting the farm, you can always bring your treasures home and make the tasty dishes that were inspired by the amazing foods of Minnesota - http://robincooksveg.wordpress.com
Indeed, although it is called The Minnesota Table and the people, places and many of the foods described within are particular to the region, the book's themes serve as an example of the many ways that eating locally can be achieved, regardless of season or geography. -http://tanglednoodle.blogspot.com/2010/07/gather-round-table.html
Overall I loved the stories of the people, the artwork and the various recipes which really spoke to me…this is clearly not only about recipes but more an all around Minnesota food experience! - http://www.lazylightning.org/
From the Back Cover
The Minnesota Table: Recipes for Savoring Local Food throughout the Year is a culinary travelogue that takes you through the seasons, around the state, and back to your table with menus, recipes, and pointers for preparing local foods. Travel along in spring, summer, fall, and winter as we hunt morels, pick blueberries, winnow wild rice, and come nose-to-nose with yaks, elk, and bison. Meet gardening nuns and artisan farmers who breathe color and warmth into the argument for sustainable agriculture; try new twists on classic and regional recipes that take the pure flavors of fresh, local ingredients to new heights. Recipes include Grilled Rainbow Trout with Chive-lemon Pepper Butter, Wild Rice Dried Cranberry Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette, and Maple Sugar Crème Brûlée. Charming watercolors and color photography illustrate the stories and recipes.