Best Midwestern Cooking
cuisine is a regional cuisine of the Midwest. It
draws its culinary roots most significantly from the cuisines of
Central, Northern and Eastern Europe.
Everyday Midwestern home cooking generally showcases simple and
hearty dishes that make use of the abundance of locally grown
The Midwestern United States is
one of the four U.S. geographic regions defined by the United
States Census Bureau, providing an official definition of the
American Midwest. The region consists of 12 states in the
north-central and north-eastern United States: Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North
Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Chicago is the largest city in the
region, followed by Indianapolis, Columbus, Detroit, and
Milwaukee. Chicago and its suburbs form the largest metropolitan
statistical area, followed by Metro Detroit, the Twin Cities,
Metro St. Louis and Kansas City area. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
is the oldest city in the region, having been founded by French
missionaries and explorers in 1668.
The term Midwest has been in
common use for over 100 years. A variant term, "Middle West," has
been in use since the 19th century and remains relatively common.
Another term sometimes applied to the same general region is "the
heartland". Other designations for the region have fallen
into disuse, such as the "Northwest" or "Old Northwest" (from
"Northwest Territory") and "Mid-America". The four westernmost
states of the Midwest—the Dakotas, Kansas and Nebraska—were in the
late 19th century very much part of the "Old West".