Midwest Sweet Baking History

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Dessert tastes even better with a backstory - especially when it is a favorite that dates back to the 1893 World's Fair.  One such favorite was created in Chicago's Palmer House Hotel kitchen for Bertha Palmer who insisted that the ladies must have a dessert in their box lunches at the Women's Building - something easier to eat than pie and smaller than a slice of layer cake.  This perfect confection was the first reference to a "brownie" when the recipe appeared in a Sears Roebuck catalog published in 1898.  It is still a favorite on the menu today at the Palmer House Hilton on State Street.

Find more of these stories and discover how the Midwest refined the nation's sweet tooth through a delicious mix of immigrant traditions and American ingenuity in Midwest Sweet Baking History: Delectable Classics Around Lake Michigan.

Chef Jenny Lewis dips a spoon into generations of homemade desserts and examines the cogs and wheels of some of the biggest brands of the baking industry.  Pull your chair up to a history in which Midwest beet sugar, vanilla cream and evaporated milk are mixed into a narrative of wars, social shifts and politics.  Learn how to make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, witness the rise of Red Star Yeast, plumb the secrets of the Kraft Oil Method and encounter a rich medley of other true stories and irresistible recipes from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

More than 75 delicious recipes!

Softcover | 200 pages | 144 black and white images | 7.5 x 9