Kurt Michael Friese was born and raised in the heartland, and has more than 25 years of professional foodservice experience. He is the chef and owner of Devotay, a restaurant in Iowa City that supports sustainable cuisine, local farmers and food artisans. Kurt is the founder of the first Slow Food Chapter in Iowa, and he is now on the National Board of Directors of Slow Food USA. He is the owner and editor-in-chief of Edible Iowa River Valley, and a regular contributor on Grist.org, Gather.com, and his own blog, www.kurtfreise.com.
His new book is called “A Cook’s Journey – Slow Food in the Heartland“, and is a testament to artisanal foods and traditional farmers who still toil in the heartland on small farms, shadowed by big ag – commercial corn, soybeans, beef and pork.