The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley is a title unlike any other that I have been fortunate to review. 

Chef Sherman was born in 1974 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He soaked up everything he could about Native American cuisine through elders, cookbooks and magazines and has been cooking for 27 years. 

His true vision became clear in 2014 when he made his way to Minneapolis and founded The Sioux Chef. His team consists of Anishinaabe, Mdewakanton Dakota, Navajo, Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota, Wahpeton-Sisseton Dakota and are ever growing. They are chefs, ethnobotanists, food preservationists, adventurers, foragers, caterers, event planners, artists, musicians, food truckers and food lovers.

This cookbook focuses on real indigenous food not the Indian fry bread of folklore - American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish are the staples of true indigenous cuisine. The stars of Chef Sherman's dishes are locally sourced, seasonal, "clean" ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking. He also shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful and both elegant and easy.

No European staples such as wheat flour, dairy products, sugar, and domestic pork and beef are utilized in these recipes. The Sioux Chef's healthful plates embrace venison and rabbit, river and lake trout, duck and quail, wild turkey, blueberries, sage, sumac, timpsula or wild turnip, plums, purslane, and abundant wildflowers. Contemporary and authentic, recipes include Cedar braised bison, Griddled wild rice cakes, Amaranth crackers with smoked white bean paste, Three sisters salad, Deviled duck eggs, Smoked turkey soup, Dried meats, Roasted corn sorbet, and Hazelnut-maple bites.

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen provides a rich education and a delectable introduction to the modern cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders. This book shares a wealth of information, delicious food and lovely photographs.

Special thanks to the University of Minnesota Press for sharing the following recipe with our members and for providing three copies of this beautiful book in our contest below. 

Squash and apple soup with fresh cranberry sauce

Wagmú na Tȟaspáŋ Waháŋpi nakúŋ Watȟókeča T'áǧa Yužápi

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Serves 4 to 6

This rich, flavorful soup has a creamy texture without cream. We use the small, tart crab apples that grow in backyards and along the borders of farm fields.

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 wild onion, chopped, or ¼ cup chopped shallot
  • 2 pounds winter squash, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tart apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup cider
  • 3 cups Corn Stock, page 170, or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or more to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Sumac to taste
  • Cranberry Sauce, page 108, or chopped fresh cranberries for garnish

Heat the oil in a deep, heavy saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion, squash, and apple until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cider and stock, increase the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes. With an immersion blender or working in batches with a blender, puree the soup and return to the pot to warm. Season to taste with maple syrup, salt, and sumac. Serve with a dollop of Cranberry Sauce.

From The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming October 2017)

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US . One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • aoiwowie  on  11/6/2017 at 9:27 PM

    The Hunter's Stew sounds delicious, but I think I'd try the Cider Braised Turkey Thighs first.

  • kitchen_chick  on  11/6/2017 at 9:46 PM

    Duck pâté with dried apple!

  • cecrofts  on  11/6/2017 at 10:15 PM

    Caramelized seed mix. :)

  • megans608  on  11/7/2017 at 12:05 AM

    All the teas, especially the cedar tea, are intriguing, but I would want to try the Tatanka Truck fried wild rice bowl first!

  • AnnaZed  on  11/7/2017 at 2:46 AM

    Three sisters summertime salad with smoked trout

  • Dannausc  on  11/7/2017 at 3:30 AM

    Braised sunflower

  • notstarvingyet  on  11/7/2017 at 10:01 AM

    Roasted corn with wild greens pesto

  • ccav  on  11/7/2017 at 10:05 AM

    So many interesting things to try here....the teas definitely call my name but also wild rice cakes

  • skipeterson  on  11/7/2017 at 10:56 AM

    Wild rice pilaf with wild mushrooms, roasted chestnuts, and dried cranberries

  • contest718  on  11/7/2017 at 11:40 AM

    Sticky rice with ginger sausage, herb salad, and poached eggs. This fits right in with our way of eating.

  • Asparagusberry  on  11/7/2017 at 11:59 AM

    I also would love to try the duck pate!

  • bibliophile02  on  11/7/2017 at 12:39 PM

    Popped amaranth cakes

  • lpatterson412  on  11/7/2017 at 1:25 PM

    I would love to try the white bean and winter squash soup, also I would love to try the sauces!

  • ennsee  on  11/7/2017 at 1:44 PM

    I would try the Wild greens pesto first.

  • Stenerson  on  11/7/2017 at 4:31 PM

    I would like to try the wild greens pesto and the duck pate!!

  • lgroom  on  11/7/2017 at 4:52 PM

    Oooo -- the wild green pesto, definitely.

  • Shana.  on  11/7/2017 at 7:29 PM

    wild greens pesto!

  • tcjanes  on  11/7/2017 at 9:55 PM

    Smoked duck.

  • jr0717  on  11/7/2017 at 10:01 PM

    The salad of griddled squash, apples, wild greens, and toasted walnuts sounds incredible!

  • kmn4  on  11/7/2017 at 10:05 PM

    Roasted maple seeds - because if those helicopter things from my maple tree in the backyard can be put to some sort of use, that would be AMAZING!

  • alina1123  on  11/8/2017 at 10:19 AM

    The squash soup!

  • sgump  on  11/8/2017 at 10:36 AM

    Am very intrigued by the sunflower milk sorbet!

  • lisaevanoff  on  11/8/2017 at 1:11 PM

    Kneel down bread

  • Senkimekia  on  11/8/2017 at 8:13 PM

    Duck pate with dried apple

  • rchesser  on  11/8/2017 at 8:56 PM

    Sumac lemonade.

  • ravensfan  on  11/8/2017 at 9:19 PM

    Crispy bean cakes

  • sarahawker  on  11/9/2017 at 11:03 AM

    Sioux Chef tamales

  • southerncooker  on  11/11/2017 at 6:16 PM

    Sautéed corn mushrooms with fresh corn and fried sage

  • t.t  on  11/12/2017 at 1:19 AM

    Salad of griddled squash, apples, wild greens, and toasted walnuts

  • Dulcey  on  11/12/2017 at 8:30 AM

    Maple sage roasted vegetables

  • robynsanyal  on  11/12/2017 at 10:07 AM

    Cedar braised bison

  • ZhoraAutumn  on  11/12/2017 at 11:44 AM

    I am so excited to try it all

  • Karla123  on  11/12/2017 at 3:51 PM

    Salad of griddled squash, apples, wild greens, and toasted walnuts...a beautiful fall dish I can't wait to try.

  • Maaseelulu  on  11/12/2017 at 9:36 PM

    Sautéed corn mushrooms with fresh corn and fried sage.

  • SnarkyLarane  on  11/13/2017 at 12:15 AM

    I just listened to a podcast that had Chef Sharman as a guest. I was intrigued by the amaranth crackers he talked about so that will be my first recipe to try.

  • JenJoLa  on  11/13/2017 at 2:07 PM

    Deviled duck eggs sound intriguing.

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 7:22 PM

    Smoked whitefish and white bean spread

  • amym  on  11/13/2017 at 8:28 PM

    Elk stew with hominy. I love elk. I love hominy. And juniper berries? Bonus!

  • WCchopper  on  11/14/2017 at 11:34 AM

    Wild rice cakes, or that roasted corn with green sauce

  • Rooks  on  11/14/2017 at 3:35 PM

    Cider braised turkey thighs.

  • thecharlah  on  11/14/2017 at 7:18 PM

    Wild greens pesto

  • NaomiH  on  11/15/2017 at 10:30 AM

    Missouri River pozole, some of the other recipes sound so interesting but the ingredients might be hard to find. I would certainly look however. I'm not sure I've ever seen bison at the butcher or farmer's market.

  • Siegal  on  11/15/2017 at 2:32 PM

    Braised sunflower sounds so cool

  • annieski  on  11/16/2017 at 3:00 PM

    This looks delicious: Salad of griddled squash, apples, wild greens, and toasted walnuts

  • Shelley.b  on  11/16/2017 at 4:50 PM

    Real wild rice

  • Megoola  on  11/16/2017 at 6:00 PM

    Griddled maple squash

  • beetlebug  on  11/17/2017 at 10:06 AM

    White bean and squash soup!

  • earthnfire  on  11/17/2017 at 5:51 PM

    Sioux chef tamales!

  • keizerfire  on  11/17/2017 at 6:58 PM

    Stuffed squash blossoms! I've tried those before, but I need to get better at making them.

  • dlbawiles  on  11/17/2017 at 7:18 PM

    Wild Green Pesto!

  • DarcyVaughn  on  11/17/2017 at 8:52 PM

    Smoked whitefish and white bean spread

  • ChefDebi  on  11/18/2017 at 12:14 AM

    Corn broth sounds like the perfect foundation for my plant-based lifestyle!

  • RickPearson54  on  11/18/2017 at 7:19 AM

    duck pate

  • zarprey  on  11/18/2017 at 7:33 AM

    Braised sunchokes. I LOVE sunchokes and am always looking for new ways to use them.

  • Hawky  on  11/18/2017 at 3:21 PM

    Smoked trout

  • fbrunetti  on  11/19/2017 at 9:24 AM

    Sioux Chef tamales

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/20/2017 at 5:08 PM


  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:17 PM

    Sticky rice with ginger sausage, herb salad, and poached eggs

  • smccandless  on  11/20/2017 at 11:38 PM

    Amaranth crackers

  • meatn3  on  11/22/2017 at 11:22 AM

    Wild rice pilaf with wild mushrooms, roasted chestnuts, and dried cranberries is being made for Thanksgiving!

  • alemily  on  11/22/2017 at 9:03 PM

    Smoked turkey and acorn soup

  • LaurenE  on  11/23/2017 at 7:44 AM

    Roasted corn with wild greens pesto

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/30/2017 at 12:59 AM

    Duck and wild rice pemmican

  • auntietina  on  12/1/2017 at 1:17 AM

    Braised sunflowers. I have sooooo many questions on this one, but I am fascinated.

  • stephlinde  on  12/1/2017 at 10:29 AM

    Stuffed squash blossoms

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/1/2017 at 10:41 PM

    Amaranth crackers

  • lhudson  on  12/2/2017 at 6:57 AM

    Wild Rice Cakes

  • Sfgordon  on  12/3/2017 at 9:13 PM

    smoked white fish and white bean spread and rice cakes

  • monique.potel  on  12/4/2017 at 11:25 AM

    Maple-brined smoked turkey and cider braised turkey thighs its turkey season and i would love to experiment

  • jmay42066  on  12/8/2017 at 5:08 PM

    The white bean and winter squash soup sounds delicious.

  • zesty77777  on  12/8/2017 at 6:40 PM

    Braised sunflower I would like to try.

  • sushimaven  on  12/12/2017 at 4:20 PM

    Salad of griddled squash, apples, wild greens, and toasted walnuts ! yum

  • JFAdams  on  12/15/2017 at 9:25 PM

    Stuffed squash blossoms

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