"Lake Superior Flavors: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour" Book Signing at the August 9 Mill City Farmers Market
James Norton and Becca Dilley will be at the August 9 Mill City Farmers Market for a meet & greet and book signing for Lake Superior Flavors: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour. Look for them in the kitchen demo area from 11:00am-1:00pm.
From the founders of the popular food website Heavy Table comes Lake Superior Flavors, a celebration of food culture around the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Author James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley take readers on a culinary tour around Lake Superior, hitting high-traffic tourist spots and cultural institutions as well as off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Norton and Dilley document fine dining, diners, and dives; shop at farmers’ markets; and even try foraging from the land and the lake.
Norton and Dilley also meet food producers and artisans—fishermen, cheesemakers, brewers, and more—and explore the culinary history and current food culture of four distinct regions. Along the North Shore of Minnesota, Norton and Dilley ride with a herring fisherman struggling to preserve his way of life. In Thunder Bay and Ontario, the authors investigate the roots of the locavore movement in a remarkable conversation with an Ojibwe woman about native food. In the remote Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, the pair encounters a group of philosophical gourmet monks who make jam from foraged berries. And on the south shore of the lake, they talk with a Wisconsin cheesemaker and goatherd who takes his flock on a nightly walk—cocktail in hand. Alongside Norton and Dilley’s travelogues are capsule reviews of restaurants, insightful tasting notes, and sidebars featuring important dishes of each region—from smoked fish and skillet-popped wild rice to pannukakku (Finnish pancakes) and cudighi (Italian meatball sandwiches).
Showcasing the wild beauty and rugged authenticity of the places and people along the circle tour, Lake Superior Flavors is ideal for local foodies and for visitors who want to learn about food traditions through delicious eating and lively traveling.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
James Norton and Becca Dilley run the Heavy Table website and are the authors of The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin. Norton is a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor and Minnesota Monthly and makes frequent appearances on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current station.
LAKE SUPERIOR FLAVORS: A Field Guide to Food and Drink along the Circle Tour
By James Norton
Photography by Becca Dilley
University of Minnesota Press | 232 pages | April 2014
ISBN 978-0-8166-7544-9 | paperback | $21.95
PRAISE FOR LAKE SUPERIOR FLAVORS:
"Lake Superior is a big lake, as Jim and Becca acknowledge on page one of their book, and the food and culture that it creates, inspires, and nurtures represent some of the best in our country. In this book, the daring duo perfectly captures the essence of who we are in the Upper Midwest, and their prescriptive approach for the traveler is both an alluring siren’s song and one of the best guides of its type. A Baedeker with soul for a new generation." —Andrew Zimmern
"From pickle barrels to wheels of cheese, guidebook Lake Superior Flavors offers many compelling reasons to pull over." —National Post
"The portraits of the farmers and fishermen, berry foragers and fish smokers, pasty bakers, cheesemakers and brewers, are nicely seasoned with a mix of passion and lack of pretension. Nearly 70 spots are highlighted along the way, but the well-organized book will help you choose stops no matter how many miles you cover." —Chicago Tribune
For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's webpage.