Survival Food: North Woods Stories by a Menominee Cook

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Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author
Thomas Pecore Weso (1953-2023) was an author, educator, artist, and enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Nation of Wisconsin. His book Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2016, was reviewed widely and won a national Gourmand Award. He also wrote many articles and personal essays, a biography of Langston Hughes with coauthor Denise Low, and the children's book Native American Stories for Kids (Rockridge Press, 2022), which was named a 2023 Kansas Notable Book. Weso was an alumnus of Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, where he earned a master's degree in Indigenous studies. He died in Sonoma County, California, on July 14, 2023.
"This book is not only about survival food, but about the singular beauty, creativity, and fortitude that comes out of that survival."--Chef Sean Sherman, author of The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen (12/14/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"Survival Food is interesting because it's one part cookbook, three parts memoir, one part history, and one part multidisciplinary exploration of its setting, northern Wisconsin."--James Norton, The Cookbook Test (12/14/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"Survival Food provides ample nourishment for the mind and body. ... The stories, told with humor and affection, are complemented by recipes ranging from mouth-watering instructions for cooking wild asparagus to ever-so-interesting advice for preparing bear stew."--Lucille Lang Day, author of Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place and coeditor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (12/14/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"His grandmother cooked according to Native traditions; his mother, 'a nontraditional college student during my teens, ' resorted to instant meals. His grandfather was town constable and days spent with him brought Weso to the meatloaf, sausage and sauerkraut of German and Polish neighbors. Uncle Buddy's flash car brings buckwheat pancakes to Weso's mind, and he lived for a time near Cheese Box Curve--so called after a truck hauling dairy products overturned. Weso includes a few recipes, but mostly, Survival Food is an entertaining look back at life in Wisconsin's rural north." --David Luhrssen "Shepherd Express"
"Survival Food: North Woods Stories by a Menominee Cook by Thomas Pecore Weso is a posthumous sequel to his celebrated collection of family stories, Good Seeds: A Menominee Food Memoir. . . . Rich with captivating tales that include driving a convertible on logging roads, agreeing on terms before throwing eggs at passing cars, and his grandmother's brief stay in a jailhouse she'd later purchase, Weso's entries offer readers catharsis--demonstrating how to laugh, boast, debate, eat, mourn, and heal." --Ryan Winn "Tribal College Journal"