This Club Book podcast features Amy Thielen at her February 3rd event at Prior Lake Library in Scott County. Thielen is a classically trained chef and host of Food Network’s “Heartland Table.” A woman who spent years cooking in some of New York City’s finest restaurants before returning home to Minnesota in 2008. Since then, she has worked as a freelance writer for publications such as the Star Tribune, Men’s Journal, and Saveur, and won a James Beard journalism award in 2011. Her first cookbook, The New Midwestern Table, was released in September 2013 and served as inspiration for her popular Food Network series, which debuted the same month. A cross between memoir, travelogue and cookbook, The New Midwestern Table is a stunning collection of 200 recipes that reveal all Thielen’s come to learn —and love —about the foods of her native Midwest.