Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes food writer and cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas. She is the author of the new memoir Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food.
Click here to listen to the show!
This memoir-cum-cookbook Homemade, from celebrated cook Beatrice Ojakangas, is chock-full of recipes, anecdotes, and a kind humor that bring to vivid life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world. Homemade delivers the savory and the sweet in equal measures and casts a warm light on a rich slice of the country’s cooking heritage.
Beatrice Ojakangas grew up on a small farm in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota–Duluth. Childhood 4-H, college Home Ec, and work as a hospital dietary assistant, food editor, teacher, homemaker, and mother influenced her cooking career and her food writing for such publications as Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, Cooking Light, and numerous newspapers. Ojakangas is the author of twenty-nine cookbooks including The Finnish Cookbook (in print since 1964), Scandinavian Cooking, Great Old-Fashioned American Recipes, Great Whole Grain Breads, Scandinavian Feasts, and the award-winning Great Scandinavian Baking Book. In 2005, she was inducted to the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Minnesota in 2007.