Modern Maple by Teresa Marrone

Modern Maple

by Teresa Marrone

Make the most of your maple syrup with recipes both sweet and savory, from breakfast to dinner.

In the Media:

Star Tribune Feature

Lillie News Feature

MPR’s Appetites

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Interview on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show

Fresh & Local Podcast

Maple syrup is a genuine product of the north, made only in the northeastern quarter of the United States and adjoining Canadian provinces. The Ojibwe and Dakota used it as a seasoning and also cooked it down to a crystallized state to preserve and transport it. Today, locally produced pure maple syrup is regarded as an artisan product, prized by cooks and bakers alike. Minnesota and Wisconsin are home to numerous syrup producers, from family-run operations that do everything from collection to boiling and bottling to large packagers that buy raw sap to process and sell.

Modern Maple celebrates this local treasure in ways both traditional and contemporary, with seventy-five recipes using maple to season, flavor, and sweeten dishes ranging from traditional breakfast favorites to appetizers, sandwiches, vegetables, main courses, breads, and desserts. Grilled Radicchio with Maple Drizzle and Goat Cheese, Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Maple Apples, Cardamom-Maple Swirl Bread, Roasted Carrot–Ginger Soup with Maple, and Maple Baklava are just a few of the delights that await. A special section on backyard syruping gives complete but easy instructions for making homemade syrup on a very small scale—a fun and interesting hobby that pays dividends in the kitchen.

Teresa Marrone is the author of Cooking with Wild Berries and Fruits of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan; Abundantly Wild: Collecting and Cooking Wild Edibles in the Upper Midwest; and The Back-Country Kitchen: Camp Cooking for Canoeists, Hikers, and Anglers.

Maple and Mushrooms, Teresa’s blog

Available March 2013 from Minnesota Historical Society Press

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$16.95 paper, 168 pages, 7 x 9 ¼, 6 b&w photos, 75 recipes, notes, index, ISBN: 978-0-87351-888-8

The Northern Plate

Modern Maple is the second book in the Northern Plate series, following Rhubarb Renaissance. Each book in the series celebrates a specific food from the bounty of the Upper Midwest.

Sample Recipes:

Red Cabbage and Berry Salad from Modern Maple

Grilled Radicchio with Maple Drizzle and Goat Cheese and Cardamom-Maple Swirl Bread recipes from Modern Maple in Portland Press Herald (ME)

Salmon with Maple, Orange and Herb Glaze a la Birch Lake recipe from Modern Maple in Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Maple-Cranberry Scones on Cookie Madness

Table of Contents:

-From Tree to Table

Maple Syrup and Sugar in History
-The Early Days
-Maple Syrup in Modern Times

Maple in the Kitchen
-Working with Maple Syrup
-Reducing Maple Syrup
-Testing a Thermometer


Homemade Specialties

Snacks and Appetizers

Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches

Vegetables and Sides


Main Dishes



Backyard Sugaring: Making Maple Syrup in Your Yard
-Equipment Needed
-Tapping the Trees: When and How
-From Sap to Syrup