Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir

Good Seeds A Menominee Indian Food Memoir In this food memoir named for the manoomin or wild rice that also gives the Menominee tribe its name tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook s journey through Wisconsin s northern w

  • Title: Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir
  • Author: Thomas Pecore Weso
  • ISBN: 9780870207716
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this food memoir, named for the manoomin or wild rice that also gives the Menominee tribe its name, tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook s journey through Wisconsin s northern woods He connects each food beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge with colorful individuals who taught him Indigenous values Cooks will learn from hisIn this food memoir, named for the manoomin or wild rice that also gives the Menominee tribe its name, tribal member Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook s journey through Wisconsin s northern woods He connects each food beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge with colorful individuals who taught him Indigenous values Cooks will learn from his authentic recipes Amateur and professional historians will appreciate firsthand stories about reservation life during the mid twentieth century, when many elders, fluent in the Algonquian language, practiced the old ways.Weso s grandfather Moon was considered a medicine man, and his morning prayers were the foundation for all the day s meals Weso s grandmother Jennie made fire each morning in a wood burning stove, and oversaw huge breakfasts of wild game, fish, and fruit pies As Weso grew up, his uncles taught him to hunt bear, deer, squirrels, raccoons, and even skunks for the daily larder He remembers foods served at the Menominee fair and the excitement of sugar bush, maple sugar gatherings that included dances as well as hard work.Weso uses humor to tell his own story as a boy learning to thrive in a land of icy winters and summer swamps With his rare perspective as a Native anthropologist and artist, he tells a poignant personal story in this unique book.

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    1. Warm and folksy food memoir (with recipes) of the author's childhood in northern Wisconsin as a member of a large, multi-generational Menominee household in the 1950s and 60s, as his grandmother and aunts adapted the hunting, fishing, maple sugaring and gathering done as a family to modern preservation techniques. Weso, who now lives in Kansas, is particularly thoughtful about the ways in which infrastructure projects and land management decisions (including the removal of wolves) have altered t [...]


    2. A family history, a Wisconsin tribal history of the Menominee, a limited personal history, a food history, this book is all of these things and more. The recipes are gleaned from family, tribal, and other cookbooks. There are recipes with wild rice, berries, wild game, fishes, corn, maple syrup, greens, garden meals, and preserving foods. It is comfortably written and well researched, with several recipes included in each chapter. I loved it, but my sister liberated it when visiting from Columbi [...]


    3. I really liked this, it was short, but full of life. Weso talks about growing up with his grandparents on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin. Each chapter is dedicated to a type of food, how that food influenced his life, and finishes with recipes for those dishes. It provides enough information to be heartfelt, but not enough to truly share intimate portions of his life so you stay focused on the food. There's so much more I want to know about his life and growing up, and without trying to [...]


    4. A curiously fascinating book giving a unique, personal, insight into the Menominee Indian tribe.Although about food, this is definitely not a cook book unless you are looking for a recipe for fried squirrel, roast porcupine or baked beaver.There are some light-hearted food related anecdotes like bears drunk on fermented apples, but most of the focus is on the harsher reality of finding and preparing food for the family.Hunting (for survival, not sport) includes sections on a variety of wildlife [...]


    5. This book is a personal memoir of a Menominee Indian youth growing up in a quickly changing world, and it is about the foods eaten or made by his family, and the changes that the white man made on their traditional diet. It is also about the hunting, gathering, and preparing of these different foods. The parts of the book about their way of life "on the rez" are quite interesting, and the parts that talk about their food are very good as well. There are many recipes in the book (44 to be exact), [...]


    6. A fascinating first person account of what is was like to grow up on the Menominee Indian Reservation. Each chapter covers a different food (beaver, venison, berries, wild rice) with details on how it was obtained (hunted, gathered, grown) and how it was prepared and eaten. Interspersed with family and cultural history, a truly engaging read.


    7. Pleasant, homey, feel good memoir The author recounts his 1950-1960's childhood on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. Pleasant, homey, feel good stories. With some Native American history and lore. And lots of recipes from his family. Very nice.   


    8. Good Seeds a Five-Star Spirited StoryGood Seeds is a rare book, superbly done. Like a wise medicine man, Thomas Pecore Weso shapes stories that must be told for the greater good. The anthropologist author takes the reader on a colorful cultural journey into the lives and food of his Menominee Indians.In Weso’s world he uses food as an appetizer before the main course. The reader is reminded that wild food can’t be rushed or manufactured, that every food has its season, and that each family m [...]


    9. Short and sweet. It was like sitting down and listening to Thomas telling stories. Included of course are some recipes. All simple, but you can see the love that grandmother, or mother put into them. I wrote one down on cornbread, because, who doesn't love a new cornbread recipe?! Life in simpler times.


    10. Charming memoir of growing up Menominee in the 1950-60s. I thought this might be a cookbook or garden type book initially. Wrong. But does have wild game food recipes init for those interested. I liked reading about the family and their interactions. It was an interesting read.



    11. Meno means good, min means grain or seeds. Menominee is a native American tribe of the USA. These Native Americans are surely not only Good Seeds, - like also the title of this book - but part of the Woods.I don't know you but everytime I read a book written by a Native American in this particular case by Thomas Pecore Weso and published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press my sensation is the one to read a magical book. Surely an absorbing and enchanting reading.Mr. Weso loves in this book to [...]


    12. “Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir” is author Thomas Pecore Weso’s journey back to the tastes and memories of his life on the Menominee reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Each of the seventeen chapters tells the story of people he has known through their relationships to the gathering, preparation and consumption of food and concludes with a few recipes. A self-described suburban Indian, Weso introduces readers to his medicine man grandfather, his grandmother, the queen of the hou [...]


    13. I remember from my junior high school course on Indiana history that Indiana at one time had Menominee Indians along with the Miami, Kickapoo, Shawnee many others. I can see that map in my mind. Unfortunately, most are gone now. So I wanted to read Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso.This is a book of memories, family tales, recipes and Menominee culture and reservation life in Wisconsin. The Menominee were matriarchal, the women had a great deal of choice of what th [...]


    14. I enjoyed this quick book. The author tells about the life of Menominee people living on a reservation in Wisconsin in the 50-60s through the foods they ate. I found this to be a terrific way to get a look into the lives of a group of people. Food is a common denominator for many cultures and it both shows similarities and differences between the Menominee and other Americans. If you like learning more about fellow Americans and how they live, I suggest this book.Full disclosure- I received a co [...]


    15. Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir by Thomas Pecore Weso is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late August.Adored it! Much like Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good (though with midwestern Native food and culture, instead of Italian and potluck-style comfort food), this book focuses on ingredient procurement alongside its recipes and lovingly rendered family stories and daily/annual celebrations.


    16. This a quick, great read. Small introduction to Menominee culture through food and the family of Thomas Pecore Weso. Filled with recipes at the end of each chapter, and a chapter for each of the relevant foods of his family. Would definitely recommend this book to friends and family.


    17. It is a very interesting travel into the Menominee culture through food. I won it on , and I was not disappointed.


    18. Definitely a fascinating topic! Weso isn't the strongest writer, however, and it seems clear that his editor focused mainly on the first two chapters. The middle of the book especially suffers from bad transitions and unrelated sentences being clumped together into paragraphs. Also, I felt a bit of a lack of a timeline, or an idea of the cast of Weso's family. Family is an important theme for the novel, but I was never sure of any relationships mentioned, or when events were taking place.That be [...]


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