From the Badlands to the Black Hills, around Mt. Rushmore and along the Oregon Trail, 88 cookbooks from all over North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas have contributed over 400 of their favorite recipes to make up the impressive collection.
Gwen and BarbThese favorite recipes are prepared one of three ways: quick and easy, make ahead, or well worth the effort. Once you've tried the likes of Blue Ribbon Barbecue Country Back Ribs, Flint Ridge Pheasant, Cow Punching Chili and Dumplings, Orange Roughy Almondine, God's Country White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce, Lollipop Cookies, or Walking Tacos, they are sure to become your favorites, too.
In addition to outstanding recipes, there are beautiful photographs, original illustrations, fascinating quips, and informative facts about the states, plus a cross-referenced index and a catalog of contributing cookbooks--a treasury of information for people who collect cookbooks.
Each cookbook in Quail Ridge Press' acclaimed Best of the Best State Cookbook Series contains favorite recipes submitted from the most popular cookbooks published in the state. The cookbooks are contributed by junior leagues, community organizations, popular restaurants, noted chefs, and just plain good cooks. From best-selling favorites to small community treasures, each contributing cookbook is featured in a catalog section that provides a description and ordering information -- a bonanza for anyone who collects cookbooks.Beautiful photographs, interesting facts, original illustrations and delicious recipes capture the special flavor of each state.
"I love this cookbook. It has so many good recipes that sometimes its hard to choose which one to try. These are the tried and true recipes of good cooks. Highly recommend it." --Margaret Bassy
"Great cookbook! Already tried several of the recipes -- everyone at the table said "this is a keeper"!" Marcie Rowe
"This is truly an amazing cookbook. My mother and I both have a copy. It is our go to cookbook! I never reach for anything else. There has not been one recipe I can fault! My family loves so many of these recipes. Upside Down Meatloaf, barbecued meatballs, rosemary pork chops, marinated flank steak, speedy overnight chicken casserole, scrumptious eggs, are just a few "all out family favorites". I have made sure my daughter has one. My sister-n-laws also received one for Christmas!!" --Stacy Hope
Gwen McKee is a publisher with a mission. As the co-founder (with her husband, Barney) and the editor-in-chief of Quail Ridge Press, she has dedicated the past two decades to preserving America's food heritage. Through Quail Ridge Press, Gwen has now accomplished much of this task by creating the 50-volume Best of the Best State Cookbook Series that includes over 20,000 classic recipes. Today Quail Ridge Press is one of the most successful regional publishers, and certainly one of the most thriving publishing houses owned by a woman.
Gwen's interest in preserving "real" American food came naturally. Like most native Southerners, she was influenced by a family immersed in the traditions of Southern cooking and entertaining. Over a period of many years, Gwen collected recipes that were handed down through her family for traditional holidays and reunions.