Hungry for Harbor Country: Recipes and Stories from the Coast of Southwest Michigan

Lindsay Navama (Author) Gabrielle Sukich (Photographer)


Escape to Harbor Country with 56 lake-life recipes and stories that capture the celebratory spirit of this Michigan vacation destination.

Hungry for Harbor Country is part cookbook, part travel guide, and part personal story about a life-changing year spent in a small lakeside town in Michigan. Featuring 56 delicious, seasonal, allergy-friendly recipes and illustrated with lavish full-color photography, this cookbook evokes the scenic beauty and charm of southwest Michigan's Harbor Country.
When Lindsay Navama and her husband relocated from California, where they'd both grown up, to Chicago, they weren't sure what to expect beyond cold winters and a towering skyline. After a few years attempting to make the Midwest feel like home, everything changed for them when they discovered the "third coast" in southwest Michigan and bought a home in the region known as Harbor Country. Long a beloved vacation spot for people from nearby Chicago, Detroit, and Indianapolis, Harbor Country has always appealed to visitors drawn to its mix of tiny towns, freshwater beaches, and rolling countryside.
Lindsay swiftly fell in love, not only with the region's beauty, but also with its passionate food community, bounty of seasonal produce, and the area's many talented farmers, distillers, and artisans. The vast variety of local ingredients available--asparagus in spring, zucchini and cherries in summer, sugar pumpkins and Brussels sprouts in fall--inspired Lindsay to create her own recipes to feed family and friends.
These recipes will transport you straight to Harbor Country, even if you've never visited. The Seasonal Fire Pit Seafood Feast uses the freshest catch from the Flagship Fish Market and produce sourced from nearby farms to create a spread perfect for a fall cookout. Recipes for regional favorites like the Luisa's Cafe Blueberry Mascarpone Crepes and the Whistle Stop Aunt Wilma Bar welcome readers into the Harbor Country restaurants and cafes that visitors and locals love. In addition to celebrating the many occasions for living well at the lake and beyond, many of these recipes are dairy- or gluten-free, proving that, at the lake, anyone can indulge in dishes like the Crispy Golden Oven-Baked Fried Chicken or the 100 Percent Homemade Sugar Pumpkin Pie.
Readers will fall in love with Harbor Country and with the rich food community, shops, farms, restaurants, and markets Navama discovered there. Whether you're looking for hearty entrees for cold winter nights, sunset cocktails, sweet seasonal treats, or a healthier take on classic favorites, Hungry for Harbor Country has something for every craving--and it will have you thinking about what you're truly hungry for, in the kitchen and beyond.

Product Details

$34.95  $32.15
Agate Midway
Publish Date
May 12, 2020
8.8 X 0.9 X 11.1 inches | 2.8 pounds

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About the Author

Lindsay Navama is a natural foods product expert, writer, recipe developer, and food blogger. She has appeared as the resident chef on Simon Fuller's If I Can Dream, as a culinary guest on KTLA, and as a host on Plum TV in Aspen, Colorado. Originally from California, she now splits her time between Chicago and Harbor Country, Michigan.


Praise for Hungry for Harbor Country

"As a chef and a longtime resident of south Michigan, I am incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of local farmers and produce right at my fingertips. Lindsay's recipes reflect the simple, seasonal cooking style of midwesterners--which is best when shared with family and friends."--Chef J. Joho, chef and proprietor of Everest, Chicago

"I was so delighted to stumble across Hungry for Harbor Country, an amazing cookbook. It's a marriage of a few of my favorite things: peace and quiet in Harbor Country, local farmers, seasonal gluten-free recipe options, and beautiful stories."--Teri Turner, author of the bestselling cookbook No Crumbs Left

"Navama masterfully weaves together local food artisans with local residents' recipes to take you on a delicious culinary adventure of this special, peaceful Michigan region."--Susan Szymanski, publisher of Plate magazine

"Navama's lightheartedness and infections personality leap from each page. Her recipes enlist familiar midwestern ingredients in completely novel ways, and you'd be hard-pressed to dispute her deep culinary knowledge and affinity for the region's bounty."--Carly Boers, contributing dining critic at Chicago magazine

"Lindsay's whimsical personality shines as she transports us to her Harbor Country kitchen. She incorporates important chef tips that make every delicious recipe a success."--Vivian May, chef and proprietor of Luisa's Cafe and Harbert Swedish Bakery

"Those who cook from Hungry for Harbor Country will be grateful . . . that this once-reluctant Midwesterner took to the kitchen to make Harbor Country her home."--Edible Michiana

"Filled with local flavor in the form of adventurous recipes and eye-catching art."--Harbor Country News