The Mitsitam Cafe cookbook

From Charlene Muhr
author: Hetzler, Richard
The Mitsitam Cafe cookbook
Last year I visited Washington, D.C., and toured many museums.  I had the opportunity to eat at the restaurant, the Mitsitam Cafe, in the National Museum of the American Indian.  I was delighted to discover the Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook which features ninety recipes from the restaurant that are adapted for home cooks.  The Mitsitam (which means “let’s eat” in the local Piscataway and Delaware languages) Cafe Cookbook features recipes from five Native culture areas in the Americas -Northeast Woodlands and Great Lakes, South America, North Pacific Coast and Columbia Plateau, Mesoamerica and Great Plains.  The cookbook is divided into ten sections:  appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, side dishes, sauces and salsas, breads, desserts, drinks and basic recipes and techniques.  In each recipe there is a sidebar about the origin of the recipe and its ingredients.  There is a special section of the cookbook, Ingredients and Sources which describes recipe ingredients, where they can be purchased and what substitutions can be made.  The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook offers a variety of easy recipes that will delight many palates.