Authors to share potluck culinary journey

Minnesotans are famous for their potlucks. They have a history all their own.

Authors Rae Katherine Eighmey and Debbie Miller combed through hundreds of cookbooks- many spiral-bound or homemade –put together from around the Midwest. Then they tested hundreds of the most popular recipes and selected 125 of the tastiest crowd-pleasing dishes: treats such as Swedish Tea Ring, Oven Barbecue Spareribs, Blueberry Buckle, and Party Punch and put them into a cookbook called Potluck Paradise: Favorite Fare from Church and Community Cookbooks.

Eighmey and Miller will be at the Milaca Community Library Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about their culinary journey.

Eighmey is a food historian who has written several books of recipes and lore, including Hearts and Homes and A Prairie Kitchen and Food Will Win the War (MHS Press).

Miller is a historian and aficionado of community cookbooks who works as a reference specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Reviewers say the book is like opening a time capsule from the 1950s. Treats from one of the recipes will be available for sampling and books available for purchase at the event. The visit by Eighmey and Miller is part of East Central Regional Library’s Meet the Author series and is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information call the library at 320-983-3677.