Diana “Nama” Goldberg’s rule of thumb was to add butter and sour cream to every recipe. You can capture her spirit, enjoy family stories and family-favorite recipes in Chewish, a delightful new cookbook from local author and book editor Sandra Goldberg Wendel, her granddaughter. If you’re intimidated by cooking, Nama’s story is inspiring and endearing––she was a messy, self-taught cook who made everything from scratch, became a master of desserts and served everything with lots of love. Buy online at Chewish.com.
Cookbook author Summer Miller’s New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes by Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains made the shortlist in the local category for the 2016 Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards. Founded in 1995, the awards honor the best food and wine books from across the globe with books from 205 countries competing. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you can purchase in Omaha at Provisions by the Grey Plume or the Bookworm, in Lincoln at Hub Café or online. For information about Summer Miller, visit ScaldedMilk.com.
If you’re looking for a way to make good food better when you cook at home, local cookbook reviewer Lois Friedman recommends The Homemade Kitchen by Alana Chernila (Clarkson Potter, $24.99). A great resource for learning to create family food you crave, it includes over 150 recipes including a few pickling ideas like Quick Pickled Cabbage––a hand-massaged shredded cabbage topping for tacos that is ready in an hour and easy enough for kids of all ages to make.
Congratulations to Chad Lebo, owner of Cure Cooking for being selected as a 2016 Good Food Award winner in the charcuterie category for his dry-cured, aged Country Bacon. The Good Food Awards take a comprehensive view, honoring people who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions. The Good Food Awards were created to redefine “good food” as being tasty, authentic and responsible. Get connected on Facebook or at CureCooking.com.