Indiana is both a guide to Indiana’s hometown
mom-and-pop restaurants and a reclamation and celebration of small-town
Midwest culture. The hungry diner looking for adventure and
authenticity can use Cafe Indiana simply as a guide to the
state’s quintessential eats: the best fiddlers, macaroni and
cheese, soup beans, and beef Manhattan. But Stuttgen also captures the
spirit of the locals, bringing to life the people whose stories give
the book—and the food—its soul.
Over plates of chicken and noodles, fried bologna sandwiches, and sugar
cream pie, folks are crafting community at the Main Street eatery. In Cafe Indiana,
Hoosiers and out-of-staters alike are invited to pull out a chair and
sit a spell.
A Guide to Indiana's Down-Home
by Joanne Raetz Stuttgen
University of Wisconsin Press,