I have a confession to make, I am an avid collector of cookbooks. I must possess about 200 of them and yet I am always on the lookout for another one. I want to strongly recommend to anyone interested in Midwest cooking to look for Judith m. Fertig's Prairie Home Cooking. It features over 400 recipes, ". . .that celebrate the bountiful harvests, creative cooks and comforting foods of the American Heartland." She also includes a paragraph before each recipe that places it in a particular region with a particular immigrant group. She also has included some Native American dishes. I have read it, like I do most of my cookbooks, like a novel. It is just that good a read.