November 20, 2013 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Tim Bascom, Mary Kay Shanley, and Peggy Wolff will read from Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food.

“Wolff has amassed… a brilliant collection of Heartland food stories. The 30 essays…bring the flavors of the Midwest vividly to life; but more importantly, they dig deeply into the universal connections between food, family, time, and place.” —Publisher’s Weekly

The volume brings to the table an illustrious gathering of thirty midwestern writers with something to say about the gustatory pleasures and peculiarities of the region. In a meditation on comfort food, Elizabeth Berg recalls her aunt's meatloaf. Stuart Dybek takes us on a school field trip to a slaughtering house, while Peter Sagal grapples with the ethics of pâté. Harry Mark Petrakis reflects on owning a South Side Chicago lunchroom, while Bonnie Jo Campbell nurses a sweet tooth through a fudge recipe in The Joy of Cooking and Lorna Landvik nibbles her way through the Minnesota State Fair. These are just a sampling of what makes Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie — with its generous helpings of laughter, culinary confession, and information — an irresistible literary feast.