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Hometown Flavors


Wisconsin’s Hometown Flavors:
A Cook’s Tour of Butcher Shops, Bakeries,
Cheese Factories & Other Specialty Markets.

Trails Books, 2003.

The region’s specialty food markets---family run bakeries, country meat markets, prize-winning cheese factories, homemade chocolate shops, and more---house the culinary traditions of a culturally rich state. Wisconsin's Hometown Flavors  celebrates these treasures with recipes, stories, photos, historical perspective, and travel information.

Taste Swiss cheese, dried cherries, Bohemian "kneecaps", spicy bratwurst, Danish kringle, Mexican tamales, and much more. Learn how Wisconsin’s famous Cow Pie was born and hear the tale of the last limburger cheese factory in the nation. Meet characters like the Weber brothers, a quartet of fourth-generation meat cutters, and Herby Radmann, a rainbow trout farmer whose slogan is "Eat My Fish!" Try your hand at regional favorites including Smoked Whitefish Chowder, Bison and Wild Mushroom Stew, Traditional Limburger Sandwich, and Maple Rhubarb Pie.

”Allen writes about food with a love and spirit that makes all her adventures our adventures.”
- Jerry Minnich, Wisconsin restaurant critic, author of Eating Well in Wisconsin

”Reveals when it comes to good things to eat, craftmanship merges into art as regularly as wit with local wisdom.”
- Odessa Piper, founder of L'Etoile restaurant; winner of James Beard award for Best Chef of the Midwest


This book is out of print. Purchase from Amazon or contact the author.