The New Midwestern Table:
An Afternoon with Author Amy Thielen and Illustrator Amber Fletschock
Corks & Canvas Art and Wine Walk
Thursday, July 10th – 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Zandbroz Variety – 420 Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102
As part of her research for the book, Thielen visited restaurants, home cooks, and food producers all over the Midwest, acquiring knowledge of Midwestern food history as well as relatively new regional recipes. The New Midwestern Table is available in print and on Kindle.
Boasting over 200 recipes, The New Midwestern Table has earned critical acclaim since its release in September of last year, and has even been endorsed by celebrity chef and television host Lidia Bastianich, who describes it as “a book to get excited about” and has stated that “Finding yourself lost in the folds of this culinary story — filled with delicious recipes — is an exciting journey, and one I most certainly recommend.”
Another famous fan is Andrew Zimmern, host and producer of the television shows Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America, and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World on the Travel Channel. He has described Thielen’s book as “Beautifully written, culturally meaningful, and loaded with brilliant cookery,” as it “dances on a wire with one foot in the twenty-first century and the other in the nineteenth.”
Alongside Thielen will be the cookbook’s illustrator, visual artist Amber Fletschock, who also had an exhibition of her artwork at Ecce Art Gallery earlier this year. Born and raised in North Dakota, Fletschock specializes in making collages, and has also studied painting and drawing.
In addition to being an author, Thielen is the host of the Food Network’s Heartland Table and a former line cook in New York City. She returned to northern Minnesota back in 2008.
– Särah Nour