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Lee Svitak Dean

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The author’s granddaughters check into a covered wagon available for an overnight stay at the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, S.D.

On the Laura Ingalls homestead in South Dakota, a modern family survives the night in a covered wagon

Adventure and history showcase the homestead of children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The former Duluth home of Beatrice Ojakangas had a wall of cookbooks. She has since donated much of her collection to the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota's most prolific cookbook author is the authority on casseroles

Beatrice Ojakangas' "The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever" has been reissued, and it's just as tasty.
From left: Najmieh Batmanglij, Marcella Hazan, and Madeleine Kamman 

Book highlights 7 immigrant women who changed the way Americans see food

The author looks at our culinary past and asks, who does history remember? Not every cook gets equal billing, and that especially relates to women.
“Finding Freedom” by Erin French

Review: 'Finding Freedom,' by Erin French

Finding FreedomBy Erin French. (Celadon Books, 304 pages, $28.)This account from Erin French, the owner/cook of the Lost Kitchen restaurant in Freedom, Maine, may be…
ANGIE MOSIER Marcus Samuelsson’s new book, “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food,” has dozens of stories from Black chefs, histor

Marcus Samuelsson's latest book celebrates Black food and the chefs who make it

In his new book, chef Marcus Samuelsson starts the conversation about Black food.
Magnus Nilsson and crew plating porridge of grains and seeds from Jämtland finished with a lump of salty butter.

Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson's new book offers perspective on the hospitality industry

Chef Magnus Nilsson has a lot to say in his book about the world of restaurants.
The ASI’s traditional lutfisk dinner will be served drive-through style this year.

Drive-through lutefisk? A Minnesota tradition gets a pandemic twist

The American Swedish Institute has your holiday meal covered.
Lee Dean thought the food writing could be a “back door” into the newsroom.

After 40 years and countless recipes, the Star Tribune's Taste editor says goodbye

After 40 years and countless recipes, the Star Tribune's Taste editor says goodbye.
A massive deck is part of the draw at the new Buck ‘54 Bar & Grill, at the ski hill in Burnsville.

Buck Hill ski resort in Burnsville hopes to be year-round dining destination

Owners hope that sunsets, green space and dinner will expand the seasons at the longtime ski and snowboard area.
Crêpe cake

Crepes make the morning meal delicious

Extra time in the kitchen meant an opportunity to learn a new skill.
Holiday cookie contest past winners.

Attention, bakers, start your ovens for the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

While others think of notebooks and pencils (or Zoom and computers) post-Labor Day, we in Taste have a different focus: We’re all about the cookies.…


Two tastings, 12 beers.

Bring out the brews for two virtual beer tastings

One will be for for summer brews, the other for fall ones.
The great reveal of the lip balm of the year for the Minnesota State Fair

The great reveal of the lip balm of the year for the Minnesota State Fair

There may not be a State Fair, but there is a lip balm in its honor.
Gingered Thai Steak and Pepper Salad

A celebration of food, flag and each other for a flavorful July 4th

There will be fewer of us than usual at the picnic this weekend. In fact, you may be able to count everyone on one hand.…
Sweet Potato Bread from “Jubilee: Recipes of Two Centuries of African American Cooking.”

New volumes make the 2020 James Beard book awards

Get out your notebooks. Here are new volumes to put on your wish list.
All Hands MN collaborated with Tattersall Distilling, Du Nord Craft Spirits and Brother Justus Whiskey Co. to create hand sanitizer in the early days

Hand sanitizer serves a purpose beyond clean hands

We all need hand sanitizer. And many people are in desperate need of food. Here's how they work together.
Isolation BIZingo Provided photo

At 80-plus Twin Cities restaurants, takeout includes a game of 'Isolation BIZ-ingo'

The cards for the game of bingo are handed out for free, and each game has a prize of about $200 to $300 in gift cards.
Pull-apart monkey bread

Some of our favorite brunch recipes for celebrating Mother's Day

Celebrate the day with good food and, when necessary, social distancing.
These cloth masks are among those in a fundraiser for the Food Group.

Buying one of these fashionable masks will help feed the hungry in state

Ingenuity and time on their hands were the genesis of this fundraiser.
Always up for a challenge, Ann Kim will open her fourth restaurant — Sooki & Mimi — now under construction in Minneapolis.

The toughest audience for James Beard award-winning chef Ann Kim? Her parents

Ann Kim has always been a storyteller. First on stage, and now in the kitchen.
Lasagna Soup

The comfort of home starts with a stockpot of soup

Soup is flexible, accommodating both your preferences and your pantry.
Gavin Kaysen, owner/chef of three restaurants, has started an online petition asking local and state officials to temporarily halt collection of sales

Minnesota restaurants, bars and other venues get tax extension

Chef Gavin Kaysen got the ear of the governor and Minneapolis mayor.
Chef José Andrés offered his passionate perspective on hunger relief to a crowd at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Jose Andres talks about the work of World Central Kitchen and its relief effort

Chef José Andrés brought his message about feeding the hungry to the Twin Cities.
Popol Vuh in northeast Minneapolis won the Outstanding Restaurant award.

The Charlie Awards highlight 12 of the best in Twin Cities hospitality

From Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star, the event celebrates those who delight our palates.
Chef Jose Andres answered questions during a panel discussion at an event on entrepreneurship at La Cerveceria, in Havana, Cuba.

World renowned chef Jose Andres will visit the Twin Cities this spring

The humanitarian will tell stories from his nonprofit and more.
A grand meal changes the diners, for the better, in “Babette’s Feast.”

Minnesota will be the setting for remake of Oscar-winning film 'Babette's Feast'

Is indulgence an evil? Or is too much simplicity? These and other questions are at the core of this food-focused film.
A Scene from Babette's Feast, a film by Gabriel Axel.

Minnesota will be the setting for remake of Oscar-winning film 'Babette's Feast'

Oscar-winner Alexander Payne will direct.
Best international: Bryggen in Bergen, by the Daughters of Norway.

A wonderland for the child at heart at Minneapolis' Norway House

Meander the streets of this gingerbread kingdom for plenty of oohs and aahs.
How to carve a turkey, step by step. Step 2.

How to carve a turkey

For cooks, the pressure of Thanksgiving isn’t only about preparing the big bird. It’s also about turning unwieldy chunks of meat into portions your guests…
Whole roasted turkey dinner for Thanksgiving with all the sides.

Hotlines at the ready for Thanksgiving questions

There are no silly questions when it comes to cooking the biggest meal of the year.
A look at Taste's playful Halloween covers through the years

A look at Taste's playful Halloween covers through the years

The Taste section took its early poster tradition to heart.
Poultrygeist: The nightly what's-for-dinner horror, playing in kitchens everywhere

Poultrygeist: The nightly what's-for-dinner horror, playing in kitchens everywhere

The classic tale of terror for our century (or any century, for that matter) may well be the cook without a dinner plan.
Alex Roberts, Blake Meier, Ann Kim, Tim McKee, Paul Berglund, Gavin Kaysen and Isaac Becker.

At Taste's 50th birthday, Minnesota's Beard winners party like it's 1969

The jubilee of the Star Tribune's food section offered a communal moment to savor the wonders of the Twin Cities dining scene.
1982: Staff of the New French Cafe; the trail-blazing restaurant opened in 1977.

Taste section reflected the way we were

For 50 years, issue after issue, Taste has offered a snapshot of our lives.
The pressure was on to impress “world-class foodie” Paula Wolfert when she visited the Twin Cities in 1988.

This word didn't appear in Taste pages until 1988.

This word didn't appear in Taste pages until 1988.
Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, visits the Karen and Steve Watson family at their south Minneapolis home du

Remembering when the Soviet Union dropped by Minnesota for tea

The dining room was filled with TV cameras and the whole world was watching as a Minneapolis family served as host.
A tomato and zucchini casserole in New York, June 2017. A potluck host is like a choreographer whose role is to create a dance rather than a mosh pit,

Overflowing tables and fake ice cream: How food styling has changed in the last 50 years

Food styl­ing re­flects the de­cades, just like any oth­er trend.
In 1988, the Bake-Off competition, held in San Diego, was expanded to include cooking, not just baking.

For 70 years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has changed how we cook

The annual cooking contest has not only reflected food trends, but created them.
Chef Jacques Pépin has made multiple visits to Minnesota. In 1983, he had a successful trip hunting for morel mushrooms.

Shortcuts with Jacques Pépin

What makes a good dish? Not necessarily the use of homemade ingredients.
Julia Child on the set of her cooking show “The French Chef,” which ran on public television from 1963 to 1973.

In 1995, a visit from Julia Child enthralled the Twin Cities

She thrilled the crowd at Dayton's, who came to meet their TV hero of the kitchen.
A timeline of Taste throughout the years shows how we ate ⁠— and how we lived.

A timeline of Taste throughout the years shows how we ate ⁠— and how we lived.

Year by year, page by page, Taste offered a snapshot of our lives.
From left, Jobeth Williams, Kevin Kline, William Hurt and Glenn Close portray college friends who reunite years later for a weekend of renewed relatio

Two more films with Taste Movie Night at the Heights

Two more chances to see the food-related films at the Heights Theater, in connection with the 50th birthday celebration of Taste. “The Big Chill” shows…
Fondue was all the rage in the 1970s, as were low tables.

Decades in the making: 50 years of the Star Tribune's Taste section

From meat boycotts to recessions, low-fat diets to farmers markets and restaurants, our mealtime choices — and options — tell a story.
A chocolate cake made by Rick Nelson.

Help us celebrate the Star Tribune Taste section's 50th birthday

You're invited as Taste marks five decades with movies, cake and more.
From left, chefs Alex Roberts, Paul Berglund, Ann Kim, Tim McKee, Isaac Becker, Gavin Kaysen and Blake Meier will be part of Taste's birthday dinner.

A celebration dinner fit for a 50th birthday for the Taste section

Tickets go on sale Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. through the American Swedish Institute.

Celebrate Prince's birthday with a dinner in his honor

The Onyx Culinary Collective is presenting a Prince-inspired meal with vegan and purple foods at the Bird in Minneapolis.
Baker/poet Danny “Klecko” McGleno, whose latest book highlights the Hispanic workers who made up most of the crew at Saint Agnes Bakery.

Twin Cities baker turns poet: 'Baking saved me from being incarcerated'

A longtime baker reflects on immigration and the sometimes tumultuous world of the hospitality industry.
Buttermilk and Rosemary brined chicken from "Martha Stewart’s Grilling: 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small."

Step up your grilling repertoire in time for cookout season

For all but the hardiest of cooks, the grilling season is a finite experience, with 99 days to sizzle from Memorial Day through Labor Day.…
The big cookbooks of the year: “Cocktail Codex” was tops on the James Beard Foundation’s list; “Season” was named book of the year by the IA

The 30 best cookbooks of the year

There are plenty of ideas for mealtime cooking in these terrific volumes.
Ruth Reichl, left, of Gourmet magazine in the office in New York in 2004. She led the magazine for 10 years before it shut down.

Ruth Reichl's memoir shows the egregious excess of Gourmet magazine

A new memoir by its former editor-in-chief shines a light on the world of high-end magazines -- before the financial market tanked.
Andrea Nguyen will moderate the panel discussion.

Who owns Asian food? Twin Cities chefs' panel tackles 'authenticity'

The Lynhall serves up a discussion on how best to represent food culture.
Walnut-Cauliflower Ground Beef.

Plant-based meats find a place at the table in new book

A new book focuses on DIY meat alternatives to make at home.
Illustration by Jennifer Hewitson.

An unexpected guest arrives at the dinner table of a family celebration

When a family gathered to celebrate a special occasion, the dinner table was the place to be.
Hotlines will help you get a tasty turkey on a platter.

Hotlines at the ready for Thanksgiving questions

There are no silly questions when it comes to cooking the biggest meal of the year. Just ask these experts.
Hotlines will help you get a tasty turkey on a platter.

Hotlines at the ready for Thanksgiving questions

There are no silly questions when it comes to cooking the biggest meal of the year. Just ask these experts.

All hail the new green bean casserole

The classic dish gets an update for the modern cook.
Chocolate Toffee Cookies, Cranberry Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies (winner), German Sour Cream Twists, Limoncello Kisses and Mocha Cappuccino Cookies fro

Go behind the scenes at Taste's Holiday Cookie Contest

Readers asked for a print edition of all the recipes that have won recognition in the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest. Now the cookbook is here.
René Redzepi, chef and co-founder of Noma in Copenhagen, will appear at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis on Oct. 19.

Noma's Nordic cuisine pioneer (and microbe lover) headed to Twin Cities

Rene Redzepi, whose restaurant frequently has been rated the world's best, brings the chemistry lab into the cook's favorite room.

Celebrate the close of summer with a Labor Day picnic

The shoulder season of picnics and dining al fresco is upon us as we shift back into autumn — and indoor — rituals.
Johnna and Max Holmgren pose for a photo in their living room.

Minnesota Instagram star's cookbook recalled for possible toxic ingredients

Concern from fellow foragers and health experts prompted the recall of "Tales from a Forager's Kitchen."
Deviled eggs are a longtime party favorite.

Want a crowd-pleaser at a picnic? Make everyone's favorite, deviled eggs

There's a good reason this classic dish has been a favorite for more than a century. It's good.
Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings from "Project Fire."

Ready, set, grill: 7 recipes to perk up summer dining

With 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there's time to explore the universe of cooking outside.
Morels and chicken of the woods.

Morels and more: Tips on hunting for Minnesota's 'untamed' mushrooms

A new book on regional "Untamed Mushrooms" focuses on 13 edible ones that are easy to identify.
Beth Dooley and Sean Sherman celebrated their James Beard Award for their book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” (University of Minnesota P

Minnesota's 'Sioux Chef' named one of best cookbooks at James Beard awards

The award season is upon us, a glorious time for both cooks and those who read cookbooks like novels. This year, two local books are honored.
“This is a humble, humble craft,” said Carrie McCabe-Johnston, co-owner/chef at Nightingale in Minneapolis. “We’re not reinventing the wheel h

Minnesota's female chefs cook up opportunity: 'All of us have the potential for great things'

An international crowd converges this month in the Twin Cities to lead the way.
Artist Ann Ribbens and chef Beth Fisher of French Meadow Bakery transformed Fisher’s signature dish into “The Color Palate Salad."

100 women in 'Kitchen': Twin Cities textile artists, culinary pros team up to create art

A new exhibit at the Textile Center in Minneapolis highlights an innovative collaboration between female artists and women in the culinary field.
A rooster-shaped ale bowl.

American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis celebrates beauty of '101 Bowls'

Everyone has to eat, and it's often from the humblest of objects. Artists have celebrated the form for centuries.
Wayne Kostroski staged the 27th Taste of the NFL on Saturday.

Chefs gather at NFL's 'Party with a Purpose'

The hunger relief fundraiser in St. Paul drew luminaries as varied as former Viking Ben Leber and Cara Mund, 2018 Miss America.
Whipped Feta Dip

Get your party dip ready for the big game

The big game may be the draw, but you need some big spreads to feed the revelers.
Books for Cooks, Holiday cookbooks for the giving season.

A wish list for cooks: Books that broaden your kitchen

If you find delight in the kitchen, a new volume can inspire hours of pleasure. Check out these new cookbooks.
David Tanis

Former Chez Panisse chef praises good ingredients in new home-cooking guide

A new cookbook urges the use of the market for inspiration for the dinner table.
Christopher Kimball in the Milk Street kitchen in Boston.

Christopher Kimball dishes on ethnic food and the work ethic

Christopher Kimball brings food to life on stage Wednesday in a performance at the Cowles Center. But be prepared: The audience participates.
Christopher Lower

Twin Cities cookbook author has tips for foods low in sodium, high in taste

Need help cooking your low-sodium diet? A new book simplifies the effort.