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Cafe Indiana
A Guide to Indiana’s Down-Home Cafes
Joanne Raetz Stuttgen

A practical, lively compilation of Indiana’s “good eats” and small towns

Cafe Indiana is both a guide to Indiana’s hometown mom-and-pop restaurants and a reclamation and celebration of small-town Midwest culture. The hungry diner looking for adventure and authenticity can use Cafe Indiana simply as a guide to the state’s quintessential eats: the best fiddlers, macaroni and cheese, soup beans, and beef Manhattan. But Stuttgen also captures the spirit of the locals, bringing to life the people whose stories give the book—and the food—its soul. Over plates of chicken and noodles, fried bologna sandwiches, and sugar cream pie, folks are crafting community at the Main Street eatery. In Cafe Indiana, Hoosiers and out-of-staters alike are invited to pull out a chair and sit a spell.

“Exploring Indiana's back roads and small towns, Joanne Stuttgen has found a feast of food as well as food lore. We love this book’s roster of dozens of cafes we want to visit, but even better is its appreciation for the people who work in them and eat in them. So much more than a guide book, here is a loving ode to American food’s humble folk artists who keep traditions alive and are the soul of small town life.”—Jane and Michael Stern,

“I need two copies of Cafe Indiana! One for home, when I am planning my trips, and one tucked in my glove box as I crisscross the state. This book provides friendly recommendations and cultural insights for when you need a tenderloin sandwich, a piece of homemade pie, or just an alternative to the annoying sameness of fast-food restaurants. While readers might be looking just for a place to eat, they will find Indiana.”—Jon Kay, Traditional Arts Indiana

Joanne Raetz StuttgenJoanne Raetz Stuttgen is a folklorist who has lived in Martinsville, Indiana, since 1990. She is the author of Cafe Wisconsin and Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook (with Terese Allen), as well as the Cafe Indiana Cookbook, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. She would like you to know that she is well within the recommended weight range for her age and height.

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The cover of Cafe Indiana is cream, with a photo of six counter stools at a Hoosier cafe.

November 2010

LC: 2007011948 TX
312 pp   6 x 9   7 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-22494-3
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“Joanne Stuttgen’s Cafe Indiana left me, The Hungry Hoosier, hungrier than ever! I’m ready for a progressive meal across the heartland with stops for biscuits ’n gravy, a beef Manhattan, and coconut cream pie. As I travel Indiana in search of food, family, and community, Cafe Indiana will be my road map.”
—Scott Hutcheson, founder of

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