Breathing freshness into Midwestern fare with Maren Ellingboe King

Salt & Spine

04-05-2023 • 33 mins

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

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.

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

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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