Cafe Indiana: A Guide to Indiana’s Down-Home Cafes (Paperback)

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Cafe 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.

About the Author

Joanne Raetz Stuttgen is a folklorist who has lived in Martinsville, Indiana, since 1990. She is the author of Cafe Wisconsin and Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook (with Terese Allen), both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Praise For…

“Exploring Indiana's back roads and small towns, Joanne Stuttgen has found a feast of food as well as food lore. We love this book’s roster of dozens of cafes we want to visit, but even better is its appreciation for the people who work in them and eat in them. So much more than a guide book, here is a loving ode to American food’s humble folk artists who keep traditions alive and are the soul of small town life.”—Jane and Michael Stern,

“I need two copies of Cafe Indiana! One for home, when I am planning my trips, and one tucked in my glove box as I crisscross the state. This book provides friendly recommendations and cultural insights for when you need a tenderloin sandwich, a piece of homemade pie, or just an alternative to the annoying sameness of fast-food restaurants. While readers might be looking just for a place to eat, they will find Indiana.”—Jon Kay, Traditional Arts Indiana

“Joanne Stuttgen’s Cafe Indiana left me, The Hungry Hoosier, hungrier than ever! I’m ready for a progressive meal across the heartland with stops for biscuits ’n gravy, a beef Manhattan, and coconut cream pie. As I travel Indiana in search of food, family, and community, Cafe Indiana will be my road map.”—Scott Hutcheson, founder of

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299224943
ISBN-10: 0299224945
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: July 9th, 2007
Pages: 312
Language: English