About Minnesota Lunch

Minnesota Lunch: From Pasties to Banh Mi explores culture, language, history, and immigration in Minnesota through the vehicle of simple, humble, daily foods. Namely: sandwiches. Tackling everything from Somali immigration to Iron Range mining to St. Paul’s Italian roots to the relationship between Native American tribes and the walleye, Minnesota Lunch draws upon first-hand interviews and travel throughout the state to tell its many stories.

A team of Heavy Table contributors (James Norton, Susan Pagani, Lori Writer, and Jill Lewis plus photographers Katie Cannon and Becca Dilley) captured the stories behind sandwiches such as the juicy lucy, the porketta, the pasty, the torta, the fried walleye sandwich, the banh mi, the sambusa, the hot dago, the meatloaf sandwich, the beef commercial, the Scandinavian open-faced sandwich and one or two others. The book is published by the Minnesota Historical Society, and is for sale now.

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