There’s a rhythm to the heartland woods in the summer. It’s in the dripping of rain, the subtle taste of pollen on your lips, the fresh, hot summer air filling your lungs, and the cicadas shrieking in your ears. It includes the rise of a wonderful variety of edible plants and mushrooms that all creatures can enjoy. Some of our greatest-hits mushrooms appear during our hottest months: the underrated (and abused) giant puffball, the apricot-scented chanterelle, and the neon-colored chicken of the woods, all of them a thrill to find.
“Midwesterner has been a wonderful addition to my weekly reading! As a lover of history and cooking both, I appreciate the way it’s brought so many little-known stories about Midwestern food out to where the rest of the world can appreciate the diversity and deliciousness of our region.”
—Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ann Arbor, Michigan