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Klecko’s Good Thing

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Klecko in the Martha Stewart Morning Living Studio

Klecko in the Martha Stewart Morning Living Studio

Klecko, author of  K-9 Nation Biscuit Book,  had his 15 minutes of fame as a guest on Martha Stewart’s Morning Living radio program on the Sirius Radio Network yesterday morning. Klecko noted that Morning Living hosts Kim Fernandez and Betsy Karetnick are “like a mild version” of the Twin Cities’ own Lori & Julia of FM 107! The hosts started off the interview giving him a hard time about the high-end ingredients, but Klecko won them over to caviar and squid ink.  Also, local culinary star, Wayne Kostroski, called in to show his support for his fellow Twin City baker.

Slim & Duke

Klecko, accompanied by his friend Mike Mitchelson, editor of Food Service News , took a walk in Central Park where Klecko gave a copy of his book to two new NYC fans–pit bulls named Slim & Duke.

Wildflower Challenge—Win a Free Book!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters CoverIn honor of the new MHS Press book Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters: Hiking Through the Seasons, by the wonderful Betty Vos Hemstad, we would like to offer a free book to the first five people who can identify the following flowers. E-mail your answers to me at and put Wildflower Challenge in the subject line. We will accept the common use name for the flower. Ready?

For more information about Betty and her new book, check out this great article in Edina Magazine.

Go Fly a Kite for Lake Superior

Friday, July 17th, 2009

KitesGet out and celebrate Lake Superior Day this weekend! Lake Superior Day is officially on Sunday, but there are events all around the great lake the entire weekend as noted by the Lake Superior Binational Forum and the Minnesota Environmental Partnership (pdf). You can also show your appreciation of the lake and of conservation efforts for the lake by grabbing your familiy and friends and flying a kite on the lake this weekend.

Shining Big Sea WaterIf you are interested in learning more about Lake Superior, check out these MHS Press books: Lake Superior’s Historic North Shore: A Guided Tour, Shipwrecks Along Lake Superior’s North Shore, or Shining Big Sea Water: The Story of Lake Superior.

Excerpt from Norman K. Risjord’s Shining Big Sea Water

Beyond the Hotdog

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Edesia Cookbook ClubThe Edesia Cookbook Review, run by Kim Ode, Star Tribune Taste writer and MHS Author (Baking with the St. Paul Bread Club), is meeting this Monday night, 7/20, at the Edina Galleria Barnes and Noble to discuss cooking while camping.

From the club’s Facebook page:

Campouts needn’t mean burned hot dogs and soupy oatmeal. The Edesia Cookbook Review looks into some of the best cookbooks for eating on trail, in a campground, or even over the firepit in your backyard. Wilderness guide Kelly Carlin and Friends of the Boundary Waters executive director Paul Danicic will share their best tips for eating well under the stars.

The Big Dog’s Going to the Big Apple

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

K-9 Nation Biscuit BookNext Monday, MHS Author and Master Baker Klecko will be on the Martha Stewart Morning Living radio show on the Sirius network to discuss his new book, K-9 Nation Biscuit Book: Baking for Your Best Friend.

Klecko will be heading to NYC for a Monday morning appearance (7/20).

Check out a sample recipe from his book, Marta’s Mediterranean Biscuits, which are made with squid ink.     Klecko con Dog

I would like to point out one detail in the photo to the right. Yes, that is Klecko holding a terrierhe’s partial to terriers. He lives with a couple of them. But, wait, check out his arm.

We all love Klecko here at the press for numerous reasons, which include the yummy treats, both animal and human, that he brings to our offices, but this really takes the cake. That is his book’s 13 digit ISBN tattooed on his arm. Not the wimpy 10 digit one, the 13. True dedication!

Public Enemies at the Landmark Center

Monday, July 13th, 2009


The opening of the St. Paul’s Landmark Center’s Public Enemies: A  Restospective was last weekend, but there is still plenty more to see, including a re-enactment of 1934 trial of Dillinger’s girlfriend Evelyn Frechette, in the very building in which it occurred on July 15th and 16th, 7:00 pm. It’s also free! E-mail Kate at to reserve a spot.

Also, on July 28th at 7:00pm, Paul Maccabbee, author of John Dillinger Slept Here, will share the stage with Ellen Poulsen, author of Don’t Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang, will reveal the secrets of some of the country’s most notorious outlaws. This is also free, although it is recommended that you e-mail ahead of time to reserve a spot.

Cooking from the Heart—First Hmong Cookbook

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

COVER: Cooking from the Heart—First Hmong Cookbook

The University of Minnesota Press has recently published the first Hmong cookbook called Cooking from the Heart. The authors also have a great website where you can see a sampling of the recipes and the stories that go along with them.

If you are interested in learning more about the Hmong, check out these two books: Hmong in Minnesota and Bamboo Among the Oaks.