Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

Navigation

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

2017
Author:

Sean Sherman
With Beth Dooley

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

Award-winning recipes, stories, and wisdom from the celebrated indigenous chef and his team

Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef, dispels outdated notions of Native American fare; no fry bread, dairy products, or sugar here. The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen features healthful plates that embrace venison, duck, blueberries, sage, amaranth, and abundant wildflowers. This volume is a delectable introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories.

Mr. Sherman is joining a vital group that stretches across North America and Canada, using food culture to celebrate and empower native people.

Tejal Rao, The New York Times

Here is real food—our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy.

Sherman dispels outdated notions of Native American fare—no fry bread or Indian tacos here—and no European staples such as wheat flour, dairy products, sugar, and domestic pork and beef. 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, his dishes feature 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 is a rich education and a delectable introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories, with a vision and approach to food that travels well beyond those borders.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

Chef Sean Sherman was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and has been cooking in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana for the past twenty-seven years. He works as a caterer and food educator across the country through his business The Sioux Chef, based in South Minneapolis. He has earned plaudits and profiles in such venues as National Public Radio, Guardian UK, Saveur, and the New York Times.

Beth Dooley is author of many award-winning cookbooks, including Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen, Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook, and The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook, all published by the University of Minnesota Press. She has also written a memoir, In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

Mr. Sherman is joining a vital group that stretches across North America and Canada, using food culture to celebrate and empower native people.

Tejal Rao, The New York Times

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen is inspired and important. Sean Sherman and his team remake indigenous cuisine and in doing so show us all a new way to relate to food. This book and what it offers is nothing short of thrilling.

David Treuer

Sean Sherman is doing some of the most important culinary work in America. In The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, he takes a forward-thinking approach to indigenous cuisine, bringing his culture into the light to share with the rest of the world.

Sean Brock, James Beard Award Winner, author of Heritage, and Executive Chef Husk, Charleston, NC

I am impressed by Chef Sean Sherman’s dedication to a cuisine that has long been lost: his respect for his heritage and his passion to bring the beauty of this tradition into the world. This is remarkable work and I look forward to learning from this talented chef!

Maneet Chauhan, Food Network Celebrity Chef, Founder & CEO, Indie Culinaire

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

Contents


Introduction
How to Use This Book
(Not) Fry Bread

Fields and Gardens
Roasted Corn with Wild Greens Pesto
Three Sisters Summertime Salad with Smoked Trout
Wojape Mint Sauce
Locavores and Trade-a-vores
Salad of Griddled Squash, Apples, Wild Greens, and Toasted Walnuts
Maple Dressing
Spring Salad with Tamarack Honey Drizzle
Hopniss
Deviled Duck Eggs
Duck Egg Aioli
Wild Greens Pesto
Wild Greens
Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Corn Mushrooms
Sautéed Corn Mushrooms with Fresh Corn and Fried Sage
Braised Sunflowers (or Sunchokes)
Griddled Maple Squash
Gete Okosomin—Big Old Squash
Cedar-Braised Beans
Beans
Crispy Bean Cakes
Three Sisters Mash
Smoked Whitefish and White Bean Spread
Sunchokes
Maple–Sage Roasted Vegetables
The Language of Corn
Simple Corn Cakes with Assorted Toppings
Blue Corn Cake Variation
Hominy Cakes
Teosinte
Kneel Down Bread
Sioux Chef Tamales
Old-Fashioned Cornmeal Mush with Poached Eggs
Amaranth
Amaranth Crackers
Wild Rice Cakes
Sorrel Sauce
Summer’s Vegetable Soup with Wild Greens
Missouri River Pozole
Hearty Mushroom, Sweet Potato, and Bean Soup
Fish Head and Wild Rice Soup
White Bean and Winter Squash Soup
Wozupi—An Indigenous Farm of the Mdewakanton Tribe, Minnesota
Smoked Turkey and Acorn Soup
Squash and Apple Soup with Cranberry Sauce
Black Bean and Yucca Soup with Warming Spices

Prairies and Lakes
Wild Rice
Real Wild Rice
Tatanka Truck Fried Wild Rice Bowl
Wild Rice Pilaf with Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Chestnuts, and Dried Cranberries
Mushrooms
Timpsula Cakes with Cedar-Braised Beans
Timpsula
Smoked Whitefish or Trout
Cattails
Wild Rice–Crusted Walleye
Red Lake Walleye—the Good Fish Story
Herb-Roasted Fish
Tatanka Truck Sunflower-Crusted Trout
Maple–Juniper Roast Pheasant
Grouse with Cranberry and Sage
Sweet and Sour Roast Goose with Autumn Squash and Cranberries
Seared Duck Breast with Cider Glaze
Sage and Rose-Hip Roasted Duck
Crispy Duck Legs
Rendering Duck or Goose Fat
Duck Pâté, with Dried Apple
Duck and Wild Rice Pemmican
Smoked Duck or Pheasant
Roast Turkey, Wild Onions, Maple Squash, and Cranberry Sauce
Maple-Brined Smoked Turkey
Cider-Braised Turkey Thighs
Rabbit
Old-Fashioned Rabbit Stew
Rabbit Braised with Apples and Mint
Bison
Bison Tartare
The Noble Way to Hunt
Bison Ribs
Braising, an Ancient Method
Cedar-Braised Bison
Grilled Bison Skewers with Wojape
Indigenous Tacos
Tanka
Bison Wasna
Taniga
Hunter’s Stew
Lamb Sausage
Venison Chops with Apples and Cranberries
Venison or Elk Stew with Hominy

Nature’s Sweets, Teas, and Refreshing Drinks
Sunflower Cookies
Edible Flowers
Corn Cookies
Autumn Harvest Cookies
Amaranth Bites
Chocolate Pecan Bites
Chestnuts
Raspberry–Rose-Hip Sauce
Acorn and Wild Rice Cakes
Popped Amaranth Cakes (Alegría)
Wild Rice Pudding
Ricing Moon
Sunflower Milk Sorbet
Sunflowers
Sweet Corn Sorbet
Hazelnut Maple Sorbet
Wild Rice Sorbet
Maple Squash Sorbet with Cranberry Sauce
Blueberry–Raspberry–Bergamot Spoon Sweet
Wild Apple Sauce (Savory or Sweet)
Caramelized Seed Mix
Roasted in the Shell Sunflower Seeds
Seed Savers Snacks
Roasted Maple Seeds
Toasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds
Toasted Sunflower Seeds
Indigenous Granola
Native Granola Bars
Maple Bruleed Squash with Blueberries
Tobacco
Teas and Refreshing Drinks
Labrador Tea
Cedar Tea
Mint Tea
The Firewater Myth
Bergamot Tea
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Chaga
Sumac Lemonade

The Indigenous Pantry
Sunny Butter
Indigenous Flours
Wild Rice Flour
Vegetable Flour
Acorn Meal Flour
Hazelnut Flour
Chestnut Flour
Indigenous Stocks
Wild Rice Stock
Corn Stock
Cedar Bean Stock
Fish, Game, Meat Stock
Wojape
Sprouts
Wild Onions and Ramps
Puffed Wild Rice
Corn Nuts
Dried Mushrooms
Dried Apple Slices
Tapping Trees—More Than Maple
Maple Wine and Vinegar
Native Herbs and Seasonings
Staghorn Sumac
Mineral Salt
Smoked Salt
Culinary Ash

Indigenous Partners and Guides
Chef Rich Francis
Scallops with Three Sisters Reduction and Four Medicines
Chef Karlos Baca
Labrador Tea–Smoked Quail with Manoomin Fritter and Wojape
Chef Lois Ellen Frank
Juniper-Cured Elk with Dried Chokecherry Sauce
Chef Andrea Murdoch
Inca Trail Mix
Chef Freddie Bitsoie
Corn Broth
Chef Brian Tatsukawa
J. D. Kinlacheeny’s Chilchin (Sumac) Pudding
Terri Ami’s Blue Corn Mush
Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz
Two-Fruit Jam Scattered with Seeds
Valerie Segrest
Wild Berries with Amaranth
Nourishing Tradition

Feasts of the Moon
Spirit Plate
Dinner of the Flower Moon, Waabigwanii-giizis
Dinner of the Chokecherry Moon
Dinner of the Midsummer Moon, Moningwunkauning and Aabita-niibino-giizis
Feast of the Wild Rice Moon
Dinner of the Great Spirit Moon, Gichi-manidoo-giizis
Feast of the Sorcerer and the Eagle
Owamni and the Buffalo Sky

Acknowledgments
Resources
Photography Credits
Index

Purchase

About E-books

Available in October 2017