An Ode to Julia

By Patty LaNoue Stearns As a young girl growing up in Southern California, she was called Jukie. She was a tomboy and a prankster, a hyperactive extrovert who was tall and strong and always tripping over things. She got stuck while playing in a chimney, which had to be taken apart to free her. She …

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Northern Joy

Ode To Joy Irma Rombauer’s 20-million bestseller, Joy of Cooking, has deep roots in Northern Michigan By Patty LaNoue Stearns I got my first copy of Joy of Cooking as a wedding present 25 years ago, and the all-purpose, encyclopedic tome quickly became my culinary bible. The thick, illustrated, 4,500-recipe cookbook covered everything from the method known as …

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Reviews/Press for My Books

Was a panelist at the 7th Annual Kerrytown Bookfest in Ann Arbor. SAVEUR magazine’s Kelly Alexander mentions Cherry Home Companion in a July 2004 story. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Editor Suzanne Martinson, wrote this wonderful piece, and yet another! Thanks, Suzanne! Dave Liske, the Luna Pier Cook, mentioned me in his food blog. He also did a piece on M.Live. Northern Express, Northern Michigan’s weekly, offered up …

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Good Taste

The quintessential compendium on the best bites in Northern Michigan, from artisan breads to ziti and star-rated restaurants in between. This is the Introduction to my 2002 book, Good Taste: A Guide to Northern Michigan Cuisine, now out of print: As a kid growing up in the Detroit area, I took regular treks with my family …

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Cherry Home Companion

My Groovy Gourmet Cherry Cookbook The definitive hardcover guide to cooking with cherries. This 200-page, spiral-bound hardcover book features mouthwatering recipes for breakfast. lunch, dinner, appetizers, desserts and drinks. Michigan’s finest restaurants, chefs and food writers around the U.S. and Canada contributed to this book, published by Arbutus Press in 2002.  Available on and