Life in A Northern Town
Cooking, Eating, and Other Adventures Along Lake Superior
"'Generations of men and women have stood on these beaches, listened to water rushing over these basalt rocks, and picked wild blueberries here well before I sailed into the Bayfield harbor. The families of those men and women are still here, tethered to a place where they can slip behind their ancestor's eyes and take in essentially the same view'--From the introduction. In 2007, Mary Dougherty and her family moved from St. Paul to the tiny Bayfield Peninsula, surrounded by the waters of Lake Superior and Chequamegon Bay in far northwestern Wisconsin. There they set out to live their lives against a backdrop of waterfalls, beaches, farm stands, and a quintessential small town of 487 people. Through recipes, stories, and photos, this book explores what it means to nourish a family and a community. As Mary Dougherty incorporates what is grown and raised in northern Wisconsin into her family's favorite dishes, she continues a cultural tradition begun by immigrants hundreds of years ago. The result is a one-of-a-kind collection of globally and regionally inspired recipes featuring local cheeses, meats, and produce from the farmers in and around Bayfield--pho made with beef bones from a farm in Mellen, Indian meatballs with curry powder made in Washburn, chowder with corn and potatoes from a farm stand in Ashland. As she knits herself into the Bayfield community, Dougherty comes to more fully grasp the intricate relationship between food and community"--Provided by publisher.
"Weaving a tapestry made from threads of local farmers, waterfalls, islands, friends, and family, Dougherty presents an authentic and 'real' look at life and food in a northern town. The story is real enough to allow that not every day is about locally sourced vegetables, homestead cheese, and fresh pasta; like any settler in a new land, Dougherty brought with her the flavors of her past lives and landscapes. By using local ingredients to cook globally and regionally inspired dishes, she continues a cultural tradition begun by immigrants hundreds of years ago. Through recipes, stories, and photos, this book explores what it means to nourish a family and a community and to be part of a small northern town. Stunning color pictures capture not only the dishes Dougherty creates but also her breathtaking surroundings. As Dougherty knits herself into the Bayfield community, she learns her experiences aren't unique. Generations of men and women stood on these beaches, listened to these waters rushing over basalt rocks, and picked these wild blueberries well before she sailed into the Bayfield harbor. The families of those men and women are still here, tethered to a place where they can slip behind their ancestors' eyes and take in essentially the same view. Bayfield's main street looks nearly the same as it did in the early 1900s; Apostle Island beaches remain undeveloped; waterfalls still rush through the same pristine ravines. Dougherty's photographic forays in the natural world and the meals she creates in her Bayfield kitchen are her way of experiencing the history of this place as it lives and breathes beside her"--Provided by publisher.
Madison : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017.
194 pages : color illustrated ; 24cm