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Sept. 3, 2004

Midwest Cooking Is Subject Of Sept. 17 WSUI Reading

Minnesota cookbook authors Lucia Watson and Teresa Morrone will read from their books on Midwest cooking at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event at the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. It is co-sponsored by the third annual Field to Family Festival

Marrone is the author of the recently published "Abundantly Wild: Collecting and Cooking Wild Edibles of the Upper Midwest," and Watson's "Savoring the Seasons of Northern Heartland," co-written with Beth Dooley, is just out in paperback.

Marrone's other books include "Back-Country Kitchen: Camp Cooking for Canoeists, Hikers & Anglers," "Cookin' Wild Game: The Complete Guide to Dressing and Cooking Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds and Waterfowl" and the "Seasonal Cabin Cookbook"

She is also the webmaster of

Watson is the proprietor and chef of Lucia's Restaurant in Minneapolis. She learned to cook from her grandmother, who used to pick blueberries and bake bread in a wood stove in the family's summer cabin on the Canadian border. Lucia's is deeply committed to using locally produced products and the cooking is tied closely to the land and the seasons.

She serves as board chair for the Youth Farm and Market project, teaching kids about organic, urban gardening, and she serves on the Organic Advisory Task Force to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. She writes a column for In Fisherman Magazine and is guest chef on their television show. She has written articles for Fine Cooking Magazine and Gastronomica.

"Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland" represents the traditional cooking of the diverse peoples of the Upper Midwest -- from the Ojibwe and Dakota people to the immigrant communities of Norwegians, Swedes, Germans, Italians and Hmong.

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