Original Local, focusing on indigenous foods, stories, and recipes from the Upper Midwest, spans traditional American Indian treatments and creative contemporary fusion. The book, published in November by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, is by Heid Erdrich, author of five books of poetry and coeditor of Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community. The book features 135 home-tested recipes that are paired with stories from tribal activists, food researchers, families, and chefs. More information can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society Press website, www.mhspress.org.
A new book due in April from the University of Minnesota Press, Lake Superior Flavors: A Field Guide to Food and Drink Along the Circle Tour, is dedicated to telling the stories of Lake Superior food culture, taking its readers on a culinary tour around the lake. Author James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley—a husband and wife creative team—offer the book as half guide and half journal of their voyages around the lake. For more information, visit the publisher’s website: http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/lake-superior-flavors
Gluten-Free Pasta: More Than 100 Fast and Flavorful Recipes with Low- and No-Carb Options, by Robin Asbell, a Minneapolis private chef, freelance writer, and recipe developer, is a new book to be released in March by Running Press. The book offers an amazing variety of recipes and approaches pasta three ways: with recipes for homemade fresh pastas, recommendations for store-bought brands, and veggie “pastas” that serve as guilt-free noodle stand-ins. Traditional Italian favorites are well-represented, but Asian noodle soups, pasta bakes, and even wheat flour-free appetizers for entertaining are included. Visit Asbell’s website at www.robinasbell.com.