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Photo by Mette Nielsen from “Sweet Nature, A Cook’s Guide to using Honey and Maple Syrup” (University of MN Press, 2019).

Photo by Mette Nielsen from “Sweet Nature, A Cook’s Guide to using Honey and Maple Syrup” (University of MN Press, 2019).

Upcoming Events

10/10 6:30 PM Ritz Theatre - Future of Food - Panel Discussion


THe sioux chef's indigenous kitchen


Award-winning recipes, stories, and wisdom from the celebrated indigenous chef and his team

Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef, dispels outdated notions of Native American fare; no fry bread, dairy products, or sugar here. The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen features healthful plates that embrace venison, duck, blueberries, sage, amaranth, and abundant wildflowers. This volume is a delectable introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories.

Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen

From corn salsa to carrot lemon marmalade with ginger and cardamom, crispy pickled red onions to garlic scape pesto with lemon thyme, and caramel apple butter with lemongrass to puttanesca sauce to -Fit for a Queen Jam---these recipes bring the best of the sweet and the savory to every menu. Low tech, simple, and fast, they eschew hot-water-bath methods in favor of chilling and freezing, keeping flavors and colors bold and bright; and they ease up on sugar to make way for the true savory sweetness of nature's finest food.

Savory Sweet is not your grandmother's canning cookbook--but it is likely to be your grandchildren's.




A beautiful, delicious celebration of two natural sweeteners in irresistible recipes

Sweet Nature invites us to fully enjoy two iconic ingredients from nature’s pantry: honey and maple syrup. James Beard Award–winning cookbook author Beth Dooley and photographer Mette Nielsen make the most of these flavors in foods both savory and sweet, from rosemary honey butter to savory maple black pepper biscotti to curry marinated herring.

Link to Star Tribune article with Tom Crann here.


Mr. Sherman is joining a vital group that stretches across North America and Canada, using food culture to celebrate and empower native people.
— Tejal Rao, The New York Times

About beth

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Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for thirty years: she writes for the Taste section of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, and appears regularly on KARE 11 (NBC) television and MPR Appetites with Tom Crann. She co-authored The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen with Sean Sherman, winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook.  Other titles include: Savory Sweet: Preserves from a Northern KitchenIn Winter's Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern HeartlandMinnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market CookbookThe Northern Heartland Kitchen  and coauthored Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland with Lucia Watson, among other books.

In addition to writing about local food in the Northern Heartland, Beth guides local food trips for Wilderness Inquiry via Taste of the Apostles.

Beth has presented to college students and community groups. She also teaches cooking classes at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three sons.

 Some people follow the hottest chefs and are eager to try every new restaurant. Me?  I love to cook. As a kid, I’d trail my grandmother to the New Jersey farms stands gathering sun-split tomatoes and toothsome peaches whose juices dripped down my arm. In high-school, I baked bread to sell at the gourmet shop in town and in grad school, I picked apples in a nearby orchard and baked pies for beer money. I'd devote Saturdays to whipping up Julia Child’s recipes making feasts for friends.

When my husband and I moved to Minneapolis, the farmers market tomatoes took me right back to my grandmothers kitchen. And I began to understand how local organic food and best practices affect our health, our water, our land, the way animals are treated and the importance of acknowledging how tough farming is. By getting to know the people who produce my food and sharing it with friends and family, I’ve come to know and love this place and call it home. And in raising three active sons, I quickly realized that the most delicious meals are crafted from the freshest, most seasonal ingredients, with very little effort from me.

Healthy is Always in Season!

Come on into the kitchen, for in the kitchen, we’re never alone. Every time I chop carrots and sizzle onions, I conjure the food writers, cookbook authors, my family, mentors, growers, chefs and friends who have guided my work. And meet Mette Nielsen, whose photos of food and farmers always inspire and delight. We met on Madeline Island, in the Apostles, in Lake Superior, where you’ll find the sweetest wild blueberries, the crispest apples, and the best freshwater fish. A master gardener and terrific cook, her edible backyard is the source for our best ingredients and they are the stars of  her work here.

Welcome to this blog and website, let me know what you think, ask questions and share ideas. I’d love to know, what are you going to cook?