“The Minnesota Homegrown Cookbook: Local Food, Local Restaurants, Local Recipes,”
Voyageur Press, 2008,
$29.95 (hardcover), 160 pages
Reviewed by Susanne Novak
In this wonderful compilation of recipes, Renewing the Countryside treats readers to an array of scrumptious dishes using locally procured ingredients and tales from the local cooks who prepare them.
Even in tough economic times, the diet industry is a multi-million dollar business. The clamor for weight loss magic is growing with obesity numbers increasing. Powders, pills and purchasing complete meals are short-term, complex and costly fixes.
Jen Brewer’s new book, “All Diets Work, That’s the Problem,” is, surprisingly, not a diet book. Instead, it is a guide through lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthy and long life as well as weight loss.
Christine Hanna, culinary enthusiast and president of Hanna Winery in Sonoma, epitomizes the region’s laid-back approach to wine and food. Her wine expertise and entertaining savvy shows in each of the 100 recipes in this collection.
The book is arranged by season, with five major meal plans included in each. The Autumn Dinner, for example, includes recipes for spicy eggplant caviar with pita crisps, fall lettuces with pear and pecorino, pan-seared steak with porcini-merlot reduction, roasted potatoes and shallots with herbed aioli and pear tarte tartin with ginger ice cream.