Give a Girl a Knife, by Amy Thielen
"Cities collect culture, but it all begins in the country."
Maybe it's because I grew up in a house that smells like bacon from Thielen Meats on Sunday – it’s not just the Jarvis house, ask anyone in Morrison County, Minnesota! Maybe Amy's musing on thrifty church basement ladies reusing ice cream pails to store potluck leftovers make me feel like I’m at my grandparents’ cabin. Maybe it's because I'm itching to get my hands in the soil this week and finish planting my garden. Maybe it's because I live in a city with 125,000 other folks but dream of starting a homestead, or at least take a winding Canadian road trip. Maybe it's because Amy is just so damn likeable.
No matter the reason, I absolutely savored this memoir, Give a Girl a Knife. You might recognize Amy Thielen from her cookbook, The New Midwestern Table, Food Network show The Heartland Table, or 2011 James Beard Award. I first read it when this memoir came out this past May, and recently revisited my favorite passages. It is a fantastic and approachable book to read while your crock pot simmers!
I recommend it for fans of food writers and readers of family sagas alike. Available in hardcover.
--Madeline Jarvis, Adult Services Coordinator