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Breathing freshness into Midwestern fare with Maren Ellingboe King

Breathing freshness into Midwestern fare with Maren Ellingboe King

Plus: Recipes from Maren (an Apple Cake!) and new cookbook releases.

Hi there,

This week, Maren Ellingboe King joins us to #TalkCookbooks. But first…

I asked several friends—some chefs, others food writers, and many that are neither—and found that, given the choice between a meal at a top-notch restaurant and one in the home of a regular person who is a good cook, they would almost all choose the latter. I then polled my 21,000 or so Instagram followers. Most of the hundreds who responded had the same response: Their all-time favorite meals had been eaten in someone’s house.

  • And in somewhat cookbook-related news (but also, not really), multi-cookbook author and “Top Chef” host

    is joining the pages of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Padma talked with People about the shoot and the unequal pressures on women in media. Her award-winning Hulu series “Taste the Nation”—one of our favorite programs—returns this week.

And now, onto this week’s show!

The Chat!

In today’s episode, Maren and I discuss:

  • How her upbringing in the Midwest influenced her decision to pursue a career in food.

  • Her work at food media outlets like Food & Wine and Sunset magazine as well as culinary events companies like Just Add Salt.

  • The inspiration behind her first cookbook, Fresh Midwest, including how a collection of family recipes compelled her to tackle the project.

Plus, as always, we put Maren to the culinary test in our signature game.

The Book!

We 💚 local bookstores. Find your copy of Maren’s Fresh Midwest at Bookshop or from Omnivore Books.

The Recipes!

This week, paid subscribers will get two featured recipes from Maren’s Fresh Midwest—Wild Rice Salad with Butternut Squash & Pomegranates and Maren’s Apple Cake. Get both with a paid subscription or a free 7-day trial.

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New Cookbooks Out This Week

A smattering of new cookbooks and food books out this week1:


Salt + Spine has not reviewed or tested these cookbooks. We may receive a small commission from these links, which supports our editorial work.

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