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Madison Chefs: Stories of Food, Farms, and People

$34.95
Lindsay Christians’s in-depth look at nine creative and dedicated chefs captures why Madison’s food culture is a gem in America’s Upper Midwest. This beautifully illustrated book will leave you salivating—or making reservations.
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Summary

Why do Salvatore’s tomato pies have the sauce on the top? Where did chef Tami Lax learn to identify mushrooms in the woods? How did Morris develop its signature ramen?

Farm-to-table is a cliché, but its roots among the farmers and chefs of south-central Wisconsin are deep, vibrant, and resilient. From brats and burgers to bibimbap, Madison’s food scene looks substantially different than it did just a decade ago. Though the city has always been ahead of the locavore movement, a restaurant boom in the 2010s radically changed the dining landscape. Even when individual eateries close or chefs move on, their ideas, connections, and creativity have lasting power. Much larger cities have been unable to match the culinary variety, innovation, and depth of talent found in Wisconsin’s state capital.

About the authors

Lindsay Christians is the food editor and arts writer at The Capital Times and cohost of the Corner Table, a podcast about food and drink in Madison. Her writing has appeared in Growler, Eating Well, the Chicago Tribune, and Zagat, among others. Chris Hynes is an advertising and commercial product photographer specializing in lifestyle, food, fashion, and people.

Details

  • Hardcover
  • Size: 8" x 10"
  • 264 pages
  • 150 color illustrations
  • Publication date: 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Press

Summary

Why do Salvatore’s tomato pies have the sauce on the top? Where did chef Tami Lax learn to identify mushrooms in the woods? How did Morris develop its signature ramen?

Farm-to-table is a cliché, but its roots among the farmers and chefs of south-central Wisconsin are deep, vibrant, and resilient. From brats and burgers to bibimbap, Madison’s food scene looks substantially different than it did just a decade ago. Though the city has always been ahead of the locavore movement, a restaurant boom in the 2010s radically changed the dining landscape. Even when individual eateries close or chefs move on, their ideas, connections, and creativity have lasting power. Much larger cities have been unable to match the culinary variety, innovation, and depth of talent found in Wisconsin’s state capital.

About the authors

Lindsay Christians is the food editor and arts writer at The Capital Times and cohost of the Corner Table, a podcast about food and drink in Madison. Her writing has appeared in Growler, Eating Well, the Chicago Tribune, and Zagat, among others. Chris Hynes is an advertising and commercial product photographer specializing in lifestyle, food, fashion, and people.

Details

  • Hardcover
  • Size: 8" x 10"
  • 264 pages
  • 150 color illustrations
  • Publication date: 2021
  • University of Wisconsin Press
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