Thielen nominated for Minnesota Book Award


Local chef and author Amy Thielen has been named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in the memoir and creative nonfiction category for her work "Give a Girl a Knife."

The Minnesota Book Awards is a program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and is sponsored this year by Education Minnesota.

The announcement came Jan. 27 after judges from around the state — writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community — selected 36 finalists for nine categories.

Thielen is the author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook "The New Midwestern Table" and was host of "Heartland Table" on Food Network. A former New York City line cook, she now speaks and writes about home cooking for radio, television, and magazines, including "Saveur", where she is a contributing editor.

"Give a Girl a Knife" chronicles her journey from her hometown of Park Rapids to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining — and back again — in search of her culinary roots. Thielen lives with her husband, visual artist Aaron Spangler, their son, his dog, and a bunch of chickens, in Two Inlets.

Winners will be announced at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 21 in St. Paul.