RESOURCE: Dishrag Soup & Poverty Cake

Presented by:
Idaho Humanities Council
Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, History, Other, Varies Audience: All

Anyone for a little Sauerkraut Jell-o? Pheasant Pie? Bourbon Dumplings? Green Tomato Chow-Chow?

Dishrag Soup & Poverty Cake: An Idaho Potluck of Essays on Food, is a collection of essays and recipes by 43 contributors from Hayden to Pocatello about something in common – great stories about food!

The book features an eclectic mix of poignant and humorous essays about food making, food gathering, and eating. Idaho politico Bethine Church remembers trading recipes on the campaign trail; Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey writes about essential cookies for river rafting; Constitution scholar David Adler writes of presidential war powers and blueberry pancakes; Driggs bookstore owner Jeanne Anderson remembers winning a chili cook-off; Lewiston writer Margo Aragon recalls Nez Perce root-gathering traditions; U.S. Forest Service lookout John Thomsen writes of the joy of cooking at 7,500 feet and much more.

The book is available for $15 on the council’s website.