My first book—and probably my favorite so far. I love lefse and wanted to learn to make it. So I went into small communities in the Upper Midwest and asked: “Who makes the best lefse in town?”
From these lefse-making legends I learned about the lore behind this traditional Norwegian flatbread. I picked up:
- Recipes for everything from potato lefse to hard lefse you (gasp!) dip in water before serving
- Cooking tips and historic photographs of lefse-making tools that fill a comprehensive “How to Make Lefse” chapter
- Family stories, corny songs, poems, and jokes. Did you know lefse is an antidote to lutefisk?
My lefse travels even inspired me to write a holiday lefse skit called “The Christmas Potatoes,” which is in the book.
And let the record show that The Last Word on Lefse caused me to learn to make superb lefse. In fact, I teach lefse-making classes every November. (For more information on these classes, click here.)
The best part of The Last Word on Lefse is meeting such colorful characters as:
- The Boys of Starbuck, who made The World’s Largest Lefse on the shores of Lake Minnewaska
- Carl Knutson, who wrote lefse ballads while selling lefse out of the back of his ’47 Chevy
- Bitten and Torbjorn Norvoll, who told stories of how lefse helped feed people in occupied Norway during World War II
- Anna Alden, who made lefse on roller skates
- Grocer Merlin Hoiness, a lefse bootlegger
Nearly 30,000 copies of The Last Word on Lefse have been sold—pretty good for a niche market. This book will outlast me. It is a timeless treasure, one that will fill your tummy and warm your heart.
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