Hi, my name is Peggy Wolff and this is my website.
I grew up in Chicago, live there now, and in between went to art school in southern California, stayed there for another ten years to work on films then wrote, produced and directed films for children as well as documentaries for adults. When it was time to get married and raise a family, I moved back to the Midwest. I’m a Midwestern girl.
For the past ten years I’ve been chronicling Midwestern foods, that underrated and under told story. After years of collecting essays and putting together an anthology, finally--my book has come out. This is how the review led off in The New York Times:
“That very American impulse to claim ownership—and to define our separate experiences through food—is on full display in Peggy Wolff’s FRIED WALLEYE AND CHERRY PIE: Midwestern Writers on Food (University of Nebraska)." [full review]
The collection of 30 essays brings together an illustrious gathering of writers with something to say about the times when growing or cooking or eating became an unforgettable experience. In what amounts to a literary truffle hunt over the last four years, the food-centric memoirs are as diverse, moving, hilarious, and uplifting as the meals they describe.
Also, I’ve been stalking Midwest foodstuffs, from the Missouri State Fair to Amish farms, Iowa cheese factories to Michigan orchards, and have seen the results of the federal government's 1965 immigration policy which gave a nearly equal shot to newcomers from every corner of the world. Immigration changed the face of the Midwest, and therefore, our food.
And the adventure continues. On my blog, you’ll find I’ve had a riff with Utah liquor laws; I dove into fly-fishing for trout; have munched my way through the Chicago doughnut craze; and witnessed a powerful culinary moment: the dining phenomenon called the salad bar.