Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie


“Heartland natives will embrace the recipes, if not the remembrances of State Fair corn dogs and Lake Michigan fish boils, German kuchen and tamales eaten on Chicago’s Maxwell Street, a.k.a. 'the Ellis Island of the Midwest.'”

--Jenny Rosenstrach, The New York Times

“'Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie' skips sugary sentimentality for matter-of-fact portraits of the region and its people. [Wolff’s] contributors' thoughts fall not on modernist wonders... but on memories, sweet, bitter and odd. …thoughtful, addicting…”

--Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

"Midwestern writers pay tasteful tribute to an ever-changing region and its fluid bill of fare...A grand culinary--and cultural--stew. Check, Please, Indeed!"

--Martha Bayne, The Printers Row Journal, Chicago Tribune Sunday book section

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I’ve put this site together to tell readers about Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food, a contemporary anthology of essays on regional cuisine.

With meditations on comfort food, confessions from chefs, surprises from the far corners of the region, famously funny adventures at state and county fairs, and reflections on our culinary extremes, Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie assures us that the bigger picture of food throughout our lives is not just about mere sustenance.

Author and journalist

Peggy Wolff