Midwest ‘ventures | A Couple Cooks Podcast Episode 45

Think the Midwest is all cornfields and cow tipping? Shelly Westerhausen, author of the cookbook Vegetarian Heartland, joins us for this episode about adventurous eating in the Midwest. Shelly shares about her story growing up in the Midwest as a vegetarian, and how this overlooked region is full of culture, vibrant food, waterfalls, caves, and forests. We chat recipe ideas galore, and her favorite delicious restaurants in the heartland of America. (Giveaway included!)


Vegetarian reuben sandwich

Coconut curry shakshuka



Bloomington, Indiana:

King Dough | Instagram

Siam House

Taste of India

The Owlery | Instagram



The Chicago Diner | Instagram


Shelly Westerhausen, Vegetarian Ventures

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We’re partnering with Chronicle Books to give away a copy of Vegetarian Heartland, along with a delicious artisan barbecue spice blend made by the author herself! US Only, entries good until June 2. For a chance to win, leave a comment below and answer this question: Tell us about an adventure in the Midwest that you’ve had, or hope to have?