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Meals from the Mitten Cookbook is now available!

Meals from the Mitten Cookbook

It's finally here! Meals from the Mitten: Celebrating the Seasons in Michigan is now available online and in select bookstores. Join Meredith TerHaar and I on Sunday, April 15th between 9-10 am on WZZM13 to see the official debut of my cookbook. I will also show my Rhubarb & Strawberry Pretzel Crumble recipe from the Spring Chapter.

Rhubarb & Strawberry Pretzel Crumble

(recipe below)

~Read some of the press release below~

Gina Ferwerda Announces Debut Cookbook from

Story Farm

“Meals From the Mitten: Celebrating the Seasons in Michigan” is now available.

Gina Ferwerda, an award winning recipe developer and photographer, who chocolate lovers will certainly remember as the winner of Good Morning America’s “Chocolate Taste Off,” just released her debut cookbook on April 10, 2018.

Meals From the Mitten: Celebrating the Seasons in Michigan, shares 80+ seasonal recipes from her native Michigan along with beautiful photography from some of the state’s most scenic landscapes including Sleeping Bear Dunes and Old Mission Peninsula wine county.

Among Ferwerda’s signature recipes in the 208-page book: Michigan Cherry Salad, Individual Detroit-Style Pizzas, Gold Coast Grilled Cheese, Boating & Boarding Burgers, Bleu Cheese Rimmed Bloody Mary-Tini and the GMA “Chocolate Taste Off” winner Pretzel Crusted Chocolate Cake.

“I have always wanted to write a cookbook that celebrates all of the fresh and local ingredients that we grow in my home state of Michigan, aka The Mitten,” said Ferwerda. “Michigan is second in the nation to only California in agricultural diversity, producing more than 300 commodities. Meals From the Mitten highlights each season’s bounty with recipes designed for the home chef.”

Meals from the Mitten Cookbook

You can order a copy of my new cookbook here on my website and it's also available on Amazon. Here's a list of the bookstores that are carrying the book, locally, with more retail locations being added daily. (If you have a retail location and are interested in carrying this book, send an email to

Grand Rapids:

Schuler Books & Music

2660 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Two Dutch Hens

2499 84th St SW

Byron Center, Michigan 49315


Readers World Bookstore

194 S. River Ave.

Holland, MI 49423


It Is What It Is

318 Butler Street

Saugatuck, MI 49453


Todd & Brad Reed Photography

114 West Ludington Avenue

Ludington, MI 49431

Book Mark

201 S. Rath Ave.

Ludington, MI 49431


Schuler Books

1982 W. Grand River Ave

Okemos, MI 48864

Ann Arbor:

Nicola's Books

2513 Jackson Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Meals from the Mitten Cookbook

If you are interested in hearing how this cookbook came to fruition, then I would encourage you to attend the Grand Traverse Woman Luncheon on May 23, 2018. I will be the keynote speaker. I will be talking all about Boating, Boarding, Burgers, Michigan agriculture and tourism. Join me on May 23rd, tickets are available for purchase now. I have tons of photos from the Traverse City area in this cookbook, from Old Mission Wineries to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Gina Ferwerda & Ariana Ferwerda ~ Sleeping Bear Dunes

Rhubarb & Strawberry Pretzel Crumble

This book is the perfect Mother's Day gift. Order from my website and I'll personalize it for you. As you checkout, there's a comment section and you can write a note to your mom. I will add that note in the book and sign it.

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