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Flavorful Fun for the Whole Family


Kindergartners at Randall Elementary School in Madison are shown making applesauce under the supervision of their teachers, 1949
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School is out, and the kids are ready for summer fun. Just in time for rainy days and air-conditioned afternoons, "The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids" gives youngsters a real taste for hands-on history by showing them how to create foods that link us to Wisconsin's heritage and resources. Designed for kids and adults to use together, "The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids" draws upon the same source material that makes "The Flavor of Wisconsin" by Terese Allen and Harva Hachten an appetizing cookbook/food history. Presented in a colorful, kid-friendly format, 'The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids: A Feast of History, with Stories and Recipes Celebrating the Land and People of Our State' shares stories about where our food comes from, with chapters featuring forests; waters; vegetable, meat, and dairy farms; gardens; and communities.

Exploring the Badger State's Foodways

The cover of "Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids"

The authors explore our state's foodways from their origins to how they have changed over the years, and then offer a selection of related recipes. The recipes are written for modern kitchens but use many traditional ingredients and techniques. Level of difficulty is clearly noted, as well as whether a recipe requires a heat source to prepare (the authors designed a number of the recipes with classroom activities in mind). And the book is richly illustrated with both historical and contemporary photos.

About the Authors

Terese Allen has written many books and articles about Wisconsin's food traditions and culinary culture, including "The Flavor of Wisconsin," the "2012 Wisconsin Local Foods Journal" and "Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook." She is food editor for Organic Valley and a columnist for "Edible Madison" magazine. Terese serves as president of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) and is the former chair of the REAP Food Group, a food and sustainability organization in southern Wisconsin.

As director of the Society's Office of School Services, Bobbie Malone wrote and edited many books for classrooms, including the fourth-grade textbook, "Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story"; the New Badger History series; and the Badger Biographies series. Now she consults with school districts and museums and is busily working on a biography of author-illustrator Lois Lenski.

Book Launch Event

The book launch for "Flavors of Wisconsin for Kids" will be held at the Madison Children's Museum on Wednesday, June 20, from 2–5 pm. Kids can help Terese Allen make recipes from the book including homemade butter, quesadillas, veggies and dip, and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and then sample their creations. They can also learn about food history with Bobbie Malone and pick fresh herbs and veggies from the rooftop garden. The authors will be available to sign books throughout the event. The event is free with regular admission to the Madison Children's Museum.

Upcoming Author Appearances


:: Posted June 7, 2012

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