LANSING, MI--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Hot off the griddle, Pure Michigan: Eating Fresh and Local in the Great Lakes State, published by Midwest Living, offers up more than 150 pages of recipes and features about Michigan's menu of culinary offerings in big cities and small towns. Bake up a Michigan cherry pie or try the iconic Upper Peninsula specialty, the pasty. Turn up the oven and get cookin' for a true taste of the Great Lakes State. It's all Pure Michigan.

"This new cookbook showcases Michigan's culinary specialties. It also offers ideas of how to enjoy a visit to savor and explore Pure Michigan products at u-pick farms, orchards, farmer's markets, restaurants and more than 80 vineyards and wineries," commented George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, a business unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "Michigan has a bounty of agricultural offerings and visitors can get a taste at more than 100 food festivals and events throughout the year."

Visitors can also opt to take a foodie tour to explore specific regions, or book a culinary weekend retreat or attend cooking schools and classes -- all available at

The cookbook features several recipes from Michigan restaurant chefs featuring Pure Michigan ingredients from appetizers to desserts. Cygnus 27 in Grand Rapids, Detroit's Rattlesnake Club and Trattoria Stella in Traverse City are among the contributors. Home chefs can warm up the kitchen with 60 recipes including Three-Alarm Lansing Fire Chili or Mommy's Pumpkin Pie from national award-winning Sweetie-licious Pie Pantry in DeWitt.

The full-color, hardcover book retails for $29.95, and is available at the Pure Michigan online store at The book was printed in Ann Arbor, and is distributed by the Pure Michigan merchandise partner, TMP, of Battle Creek. Like all Pure Michigan merchandise, purchases help support the Pure Michigan campaign.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan's official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state's tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to

Editor's note: The cover image of the Pure Michigan cookbook is available.

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