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Cafe Wisconsin
A Guide to Wisconsin's Down-Home Cafes
Second Edition
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen


Mashed potatoes and rhubarb pie. . . . Let's eat!

Cafe Wisconsin returns in a new, updated version that provides a sure-bet guide to Wisconsin's best small town, home-cooking cafes. For this second edition, author Joanne Raetz Stuttgen traveled more than 12,000 miles in six months, revisiting old business districts and main streets in search of the ultimate cafe, the perfect slice of homemade pie, and the meaning of life in Wisconsin's down-home cafes.

Featuring 133 cafes, with another 100 Next Best Bets alternatives, Cafe Wisconsin is every hungry traveler's guide to real mashed potatoes, melt-in-your-mouth hot beef, from-scratch baked goods, and colorful coffee klatches. At the counter of aptly named cafes like the Coffee Cup, Main Street, and Chatterbox, you'll laugh with owners, shake dice with customers, and find the authentic taste and flavor of Wisconsin.

"An eminently useful book, directing readers to dozens of colorful eateries we wouldn't otherwise find. . . . It is stirring evidence that despite the onslaught of corporate fast food, small-town cafes thrive, resonant with local character and perfumed with the good smells of sizzled bacon and oven-warm rhubarb pie."—Jane and Michael Stern, authors of Road Food

"If you're tired of fast food, a former Eau Claire resident can direct you to some of the best down-home eateries in the state." —Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen is a folklorist who has lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indiana. She is currently at work on Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook (with Terese Allen) and Cafe Indiana, both forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press.

For more information contact Chris Caldwell, our publicity manager, phone: (608) 263-0734, email: publicity@uwpress.wisc.edu

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Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Terese Allen

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the cover of Cafe Wisconsin features a painting of the interior of a Wisconsin Cafe.

October 2004
LC: 2004005250 TX
392 pp.  7 1/4 x 9 1/4  10 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-20114-2
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