Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland’s The Country Cat
We’re so excited to announce that our first ever cookbook, Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland’s The Country Cat (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is now available! Your cookbook collection won’t be complete without your favorite soulful, heartland-inspired recipes from The Country Cat.
Come To The Country Cat For A Special Three-Course Heartlandia Dinner This Thursday, 9/3!
On Thursday, September 3, The Country Cat will feature a special HEARTLANDIA themed three-course menu in addition to the restaurant’s regular offerings. For $28 per person, the menu will showcase three recipes from the book:
- Melon Salad with Arugula, Fennel, and Marjoram
- Bread Pudding Stuffed Lamb Shoulder with Creamed Corn and Braised Pole Beans
- Free-Form Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Adam and Jackie will also have signed copies of the book on hand for purchase at $30 each.
See you this Thursday!
Here’s What Folks Are Saying About Heartlandia!
“Missouri heritage cooking meets the clean flavors of the Pacific Northwest in this improbably delicious mash-up…With generosity and a warm sense of humor, the Sappingtons invite everyone to pull up a chair at their family table—and with recipes like theirs, readers will be more than happy to dig in.”
“Amid the culinary distractions of Portland—the uni ice cream, the grasshopper sushi—The Country Cat has been focused on the comforting, wholesome dishes of America’s Heartland for nearly a decade. Heartlandia will have you cooking Sappington signatures such as suet-fried chicken, crispy turkey tails, and a morel and spring vegetable hash that transport you to the covered-dish suppers and Friday lake-fish frys of Adam’s rural Missouri upbringing. It’s a wonderful—and delicious—place to be!”
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
“Grab this book and wrap it around you like a warm blanket!!!! Adam is the mouthwatering fried chicken and Jackie is the sweet butterscotch pudding in their meal of life! Adam’s respect of the land and its product and his intuitive, comforting cooking is what makes him one of my favorite chefs. I have had the great fortune of cooking in the kitchen with Adam and eating his delicious food and listening to his infectious laugh. I am thrilled to have this book in my kitchen so that I can crack open a page and put a smile on my face —on the cloudiest of days. This book is 3-D deliciousness: I wanted to reach through the pages and grab a crispy end of lamb or a slice of birthday cake! Dive in and start cooking and get those pages dirty!”
—Amanda Freitag, chef and Food Network personality
“Heartlandia is as inspiring as it is nostalgic . . . fresh, local ingredients and perfectly executed dishes. Adam and Jackie have opened up their hearts and souls to us with the Country Cat, and now with this book everyone’s inner Gramma can become a very slick lady!”
—Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin Barbecue and author of Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
“This book will teach you to bake the fluffiest biscuits and fry a chicken to perfection. You will learn the provenance of seasonal ingredients and may even become an expert at butchering whole hogs. But the real joy of Heartlandia is knowing that Adam and Jackie not only put their souls into cooking at The Country Cat, but now also their hearts into writing Heartlandia.”
—Vitaly Paley, chef and owner of Paley’s Place, Imperial, and Portland Penny Diner, and co-author of Paley’s Place Cookbook
Share Your Heartlandia With Us
For us, Heartlandia is American Heartland food made in the Pacific Northwest. The Mid-West, America’s Heartland, is part of Adam’s story and is an inspiration for The Country Cat, but everyone has their own ‘Heartland’ to drawn from.
As you cook your way through our cookbook, share your experience on social media and tag #Heartlandia to show us how you bring your own heartland into the kitchen.