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Beatrice Ojakangas discusses her memoir (with recipes) "Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food"

“Beatrice Ojakangas makes her compelling family stories rich for all senses: we smell the cardamom in the bread cooling on the counter, savor the cream of morel soup, and long for chiffon cake. Best of all, we experience the joy of recreating these flavors ourselves with the recipes she provides.”--Lucie Amundsen, author of Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm--from Scratch

Beatrice Ojakangas, the oldest of ten children, came by it naturally--the cooking but also the pluck and perseverance that she's served up with her renowned Scandinavian dishes over the years. In the wake of the Moose Lake fires and famine of 1918, Ojakangas tells us in this delightful memoir-cum-cookbook, her grandfather sent for a Finnish mail-order bride--and got one who’d trained as a chef.

Ojakangas’s stories, are, unsurprisingly, steeped in food lore: tales of cardamom and rye, baking salt cake at the age of five on a wood-burning stove, growing up on venison, making egg rolls for Chun King, and sending off a Pillsbury Bake Off-winning recipe without ever making it. And from here, how those early roots flourished through hard work and dedication to a successful (but never easy) career in food writing and a much wider world, from working for pizza roll king Jeno Paulucci to researching food traditions in Finland and appearing with Julia Child and Martha Stewart--all without ever leaving behind the lessons learned on the farm. As she says, “first you have to start with good ingredients and a good idea.”

Chock-full of recipes, anecdotes, and a kind humor that bring to vivid life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world, Homemade delivers the savory and the sweet in equal measures and casts a warm light on a rich slice of the country’s cooking heritage.

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Beatrice Ojakangas grew up on a small farm in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota–Duluth. Childhood 4-H, college Home Ec, and work as a hospital dietary assistant, food editor, teacher, homemaker, and mother influenced her cooking career and her food writing for such publications as Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, Cooking Light, and numerous newspapers. Ojakangas is the author of twenty-nine cookbooks and was inducted in 2005 to the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Minnesota in 2007.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780816695799
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - October 1st, 2016

Great Scandinavian Baking Book Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780816634965
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - September 15th, 1999

The Soup & Bread Cookbook: More Than 100 Seasonal Pairings for Simple, Satisfying Meals Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781609613624
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Published: Rodale Books - October 8th, 2013