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Native Way Cookbook  

Review by Debbie Mazo

Native Way Cookbook

Early native American cooks used the ingredients available to them like beans, squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins to create traditional dishes. In fact, many local specialties can be traced to Native American cuisine. Reflecting the rich heritage of many regions, the Native Way Cookbook lets you explore time-honored dishes and contemporary favorites that make up Native American cuisine.

Native Way Cookbook To help you prepare a special meal, the Native Way Cookbook features Native American recipes, food sources, and preparation instructions. The site also includes a Plant, Herb, & Fungi Encyclopedia where you can browse through culinary and medicinal facts on dozens of plants found in North America. For example, if you have access to sassafras twigs or roots, use them to flavor your cooking or prepare root bark tea for stomach ailments, gout, colds, fevers, or skin eruptions.

Ready to point, click, cook, and serve. Then, sift through the index organized by type of dish ranging from breads, cakes, and cookies to meat, game, and fish to odd but fun selections. If you're looking for old-fashioned favorites, the Native Way Cookbook index also sorts traditional versus contemporary choices as well as by tribes or nations.

If you've always wanted to bake bannock bread, the site serves up several variations including a Chippewa Bannock made from cornmeal and sweetened with maple syrup or honey. Corn bread lovers can also try a spicy Salsa Corn Bread sprinkled with grated cheddar cheese. For the catch of the day, sample the Hickory Smoked Fish Pate served with mushroom chips or fry up Pan Roasted Oysters dressed with extra parsley and lemon wedges. Candy lovers can also test their luck with Maple Sugar Candy by collecting some sap, simmering it, slipping a stick in the middle, and then waiting until their lollipop hardens.

How-to-articles provide plenty of pointers with savvy advice on topics such as preserving apples, gathering wild onions, and clay cooking. Having trouble finding ingredients? Then, look no further than the Ingredient Sources listing locations for meats, fish, and game as well as grains and produce (fresh or dried) around the country. Or, if you live close by, stop into one of the listed eateries and introduce yourself to the enduring flavors of Native American cuisine.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.

Copyright © 2000, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.



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