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Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Terese Allen

Make the best pies, meatloaf, fish fries, and casseroles from Dairyland's Main Street cafes in your own kitchen

Joanne Stuttgen's popular book Cafe Wisconsin guides travelers to Wisconsin's best home-style cafes. Now, continue the journey with the Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook, a compilation of more than one hundred cherished recipes that showcase the distinct culinary and cultural traditions of Wisconsin. From classic pot roasts and country-style pies to long-simmering soups and heritage specialties, the whole soul-satisfying spectrum of Wisconsin cafe fare is here.

Stuttgen tracked down Wisconsin's best small-town cafes, from Boscobel to Sturgeon Bay, chatted with owners and customers, took notes, and recorded the history, anecdotes, and recipes behind the food. Tested and fine-tuned by Wisconsin food writer and former chef Terese Allen, these favorite recipes will bring an authentic slice of Wisconsin into your home kitchen.

"Recipes of the people, by the people, and for the people fill the Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook with good things to eat, along with a generous–and equally delicious–portion of heartland character. In a time of overbearing celebrity chefs, such culinary democracy is food for the soul."
–Jane and Michael Stern,

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen is a professional folklorist who has lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin and now makes her home in Indiana. She is the author of Cafe Wisconsin, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Terese Allen is food editor for Organic Valley, food columnist for Madison's Isthmus newspaper, and author of Wisconsin's Hometown Flavors and The Ovens of Brittany Cookbook.

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the cover of Cafe Wisconsin is cream and black, with a photo of a busy waitress at a Wisconsin cafe. An full plate, a cup of joe, and a slice of pie are featured in the foreground. Umm!

April 2007

LC: 2006031774 TX
216 pp.  7 1/4 x 9 1/4   1 map

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ISBN 978-0-299-22274-1
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