Heartland is a nice addition to my cookbook shelves and embodies what I like seeing in them.

It not only has recipes, but stories and informational tidbits about people, traditions, and foods. There are photographs as well that include scenes of everyday life in town, around the farms, and of festivals.

The recipes remind me of the kind of food I grew up with, but with a twist that keeps them new.

About the only quibble I have is that not all of the recipes have photos of what the finished dish looks like, but overall a great addition to any cookbook shelf.

Book Blurb for Heartland

Although much of the nation is only beginning to embrace the farm-to-table movement, residents of the Midwest have been living off the bounty of the land since the pioneer days. Judith Fertig's Heartland melds contemporary cooking with an authentic and appreciative approach to the land, presenting 150 recipes for farm-bounty fare with a modern twist. With a focus on ethnic food traditions as well as seasonal and local flavors of artisan producers, heirloom ingredients, and heritage meats, Heartland embraces the spirit and flavors of the modern farmhouse. Inside, offerings such as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup, No-Knead Caraway Rye Bread, and Brew Pub Planked Cheeses comingle with recipes such as Wild Rice Soup with Flyover Duck Confit, Heartland Daube with White Cheddar Polenta, and Italian Fig Cookies.

In addition to the mouthwatering recipes and time-proven wisdom, Heartland includes an ample mix of humorous storytelling, literary and cooking references, and lush full-color landscape and food photography that showcases the heart of American cooking from the nation's heartland.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.75