Give a Girl a Knife - Review, Tour Dates and Book Giveaway

While baking one Saturday in 2013, I had Food Network on in the background and heard a preview for a show called Heartland Table starring Amy Thielen. I went to the remote and rewound the promo. I was thrilled - a real cooking show and from someone in the Midwest! Before the promo was over, I scheduled the recording of the pilot - Butter - and was searching Amazon to see if Amy Thielen had a cookbook - The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes was ordered immediately. 

After lovingly paging through the book a few days later (thanks Amazon prime) I was sold. I sent a message to Amy telling her I was going to cook through her book, start a group and asked for her permission. Cooking from The New Midwestern Table was formed and I have made at least half the recipes from the cookbook - all excellent. 
Amy is the girl next door who can cook and write with a passion that raises the bar so high mere mortals cannot compete. She is an easy friend and a beautiful person. When I heard she was writing a memoir, I admit I was disappointed - I wanted another cookbook - but what the world was gifted with was far better. Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir is a treasure to read and reflects her down-to-earth spirit. It will keep you turning pages well into the early morning hours. Amy had sent me a pdf to read before the book was available.  Let me tell you - reading from a pdf is not joyous on an old slow tablet - but it was worth the aggravation to soak up Amy's words. 

Touching and funny, Amy shares her journey to becoming a chef and reaching a deeper understanding of her German and French roots. After attending cooking school in New York, she landed jobs in the kitchens of such notables as Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. She would frequently return back to Minnesota, soaking up the traditions of her family - her mother's cooking and the food of her butter and pickle loving German grandmother.  A warm, witty and touching memoir that feels like you are talking with an old friend and experiencing her joys and triumphs from a front row seat. It is a documented love affair with life, family, food and words. Thank you Amy, we are grateful that you opened your door to allow us in. 

The tour dates to promote Give a Girl a Knife are available on our World Calendar of Cookbook Events - check to see if Amy is in your area. 

We are pleased to offer three copies of this title to our EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

Have you ever cooked one of Amy's recipes before? And if you haven't, check out some of the recipes available online - you will want to buy both her books. 

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on June 17th, 2017.
Photo credit JT Turner



  • lgroom  on  5/15/2017 at 10:28 AM

    No, I haven't cooked anything of Amy's.

  • sgump  on  5/15/2017 at 10:51 AM

    Neither have I cooked anything of Amy's--but I lived in the Midwest for a good 15 years and am intrigued by her spin on that region's comfort fare.

  • AnnaZed  on  5/15/2017 at 1:41 PM

    I never have, I am only learning about her today; she seems very inventive.

  • Siegal  on  5/15/2017 at 1:46 PM

    No I haven't tried any of Amy's recipes yet

  • mwaters  on  5/15/2017 at 2:31 PM

    This book looks good!

  • Joy001  on  5/15/2017 at 2:40 PM

    I have not yet cooked anything of Amy's, but will look forward to trying in the future.

  • Leahspitzer  on  5/15/2017 at 5:40 PM

    No, haven't heard of her before.

  • Maefleur  on  5/15/2017 at 6:04 PM

    I haven't tried any of her recipes, but enjoyed and miss her show. Looking forward to this book!

  • tarae1204  on  5/15/2017 at 9:14 PM

    I haven't tried her recipes but I love this sophisticated approach to Midwestern favorites (and more) from my few years living in the northern Midwest.

  • Karla123  on  5/16/2017 at 8:18 AM

    No, I have not tried any of her recipes, but I can't wait to.

  • verorenee  on  5/16/2017 at 5:54 PM

    No :(

  • southerncooker  on  5/16/2017 at 8:32 PM

    I've cooked many many recipes from The New Midwestern Table. Love it.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  5/17/2017 at 2:13 PM


  • NancyLynn  on  5/19/2017 at 12:24 AM

    Yes I have, I own her wonderful cookbook!

  • meggan  on  5/19/2017 at 10:55 AM

    No but Fresh cheese ball with ground cherry chutney sounds good.

  • bstewart  on  5/19/2017 at 12:27 PM

    I haven't yet!

  • matag  on  5/19/2017 at 8:43 PM


  • artmarcia  on  5/20/2017 at 12:35 AM

    No, I just heard of Amy through your blog, but I am from Kansas, so I want to check out her Midwestern recipes.

  • cocecitycook  on  5/20/2017 at 4:02 AM

    No, I have never cooked any of Amy's recipes. Her books sound interesting.

  • Rosesrpink50  on  5/20/2017 at 10:25 AM

    Yes! My favorite was her chicken and wild rice hotdish.

  • JanScholl  on  5/20/2017 at 11:39 PM

    no-I haven't. But we share heritage. I am also German and French. This would be an interesting read.

  • lpatterson412  on  5/21/2017 at 8:33 PM

    No I have not, but looking through them, I totally should! They all look wonderful!

  • skipeterson  on  5/22/2017 at 11:15 AM

    I haven't tried any of Ms. Thielen's recipes but I'd like to try Cracker-crusted panfish with two sauces.

  • JenJoLa  on  5/23/2017 at 8:54 PM

    I haven't tried any of Amy's recipes, but I'm also from the Midwest and my interest is piqued.

  • kj_morse  on  5/25/2017 at 12:53 AM

    No, but i'd surely like to! :-)

  • Kelos  on  5/25/2017 at 4:17 AM

    Not yet!

  • Angryyew  on  5/25/2017 at 7:59 AM

    have not tried her recipes

  • nomadchowwoman  on  5/25/2017 at 11:40 AM

    No I haven't tried anything. I did buy the previous book to give as a gift to my sister-in-law, an excellent midwestern cook in her own right.

  • Dmartin997  on  5/25/2017 at 12:55 PM

    No but see I've been missing out.

  • LindaYogi  on  5/26/2017 at 8:03 AM

    I love this book! Her peanut butter granola is fantastic, it's the only one I make anymore. I loved watching her show and I can't wait to read more about her life.

  • PennyG  on  5/26/2017 at 5:28 PM

    I have not made any of Amy's recipes. Her blog looks delicious!

  • juazella  on  5/26/2017 at 5:31 PM

    I haven't tried any, but I've watched her shows and loooove them!

  • t.t  on  5/27/2017 at 12:49 AM

    No, I've not made any of her recipes.

  • Foodo  on  5/27/2017 at 8:01 AM

    Unfortunately no, I haven't, but I remember reading an article in the local paper about her.

  • talieUS  on  5/28/2017 at 12:17 PM

    no I never tried...but I'm looking for

  • RSW  on  5/30/2017 at 11:26 AM

    Never heard of her.

  • Scotsman61  on  5/30/2017 at 6:30 PM

    No I haven't cooked anything from Amy

  • annieski  on  6/1/2017 at 10:12 AM

    I haven't yet, knowingly, cooked anything from Amy

  • rivergait  on  6/1/2017 at 5:30 PM

    The first thing I cooked from her New Midwestern Table was the braunschweiger, in honor of my mother's Depression-era Nebraska memories. While reopening the book (to check the spelling of braunschweiger), I happened across Ginger Aebleskivers...a breakfast treat to make with the new pan I scored yesterday at the thrift store.

  • sarahawker  on  6/2/2017 at 8:30 AM

    No, there is only so much time, but I'd love to!

  • klrclark  on  6/9/2017 at 8:59 AM

    No, I haven't but I love the title.

  • dbielick  on  6/10/2017 at 5:58 AM

    I have her cookbook but haven't made anything from it yet. There are a number of recipes I'd like to try including the cracker crust pizza.

  • Grywhp  on  6/11/2017 at 2:00 PM

    Not yet

  • Uhmandanicole  on  6/11/2017 at 10:40 PM

    I have not tried any recipes yet

  • ktwalla  on  6/12/2017 at 6:51 AM

    Yes, I love her recipes. Her chicken and kale burgers are delicious.

  • SereneVannoy  on  6/16/2017 at 9:23 AM

    I love food memoirs. Looking forward to this! (I haven't tried her recipes yet.)

  • Joy001  on  6/16/2017 at 11:10 AM

    No, but I have her first book (haven't cooked from it yet).

  • mwaters  on  6/16/2017 at 12:36 PM

    No, I've never cooked any of her recipes. I just printed out Classic chicken and wild rice hotdish to try this weekend.

  • orchidlady01  on  6/17/2017 at 3:52 AM

    I haven't tried any of Amy's recipes.

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