Star Tribune: Minnesota's most prolific cookbook author is the authority on casseroles

500 casseroles for every occasion—sweet and savory, hearty and light, homey and festive—from beloved James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice OjakangasI'm having a Beatrice Ojakangas moment. Or maybe two. The latest volume by this prolific writer, "The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever" (University of Minnesota Press, 624 pages, $29.95), has me hungry and curious, feet firmly planted in the kitchen, the appropriate container ready for action as I set out to cook my way through the book's 500 recipes.

Well, not in the same day, nor the same week, of course. Not even in the same month. That would be crazy because I still have more Ojakangas recipes to try — or cook again — among the 30 other books to her name, which fill their own shelf on my bookcase. They include her first volume, "The Finnish Cookbook," published in 1964, and continue through the new "Casseroles," first published in 2009 and on shelves again March 15.

Read the review—and Ojakangas's Rosemary Chicken and Rice recipe—at Star Tribune. 

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