Heartland Table on Food Network
Heartland Table, a James Beard-nominated cooking show shot in Amy’s house in northern Minnesota, co-produced by Lidia Bastianich’s Tavola and Random House Studio, debuted on Food Network in September, 2013.
After ten years in New York City, where she cooked on the line in some of Manhattan’s best restaurants, Amy has returned to her home in the woods in northern Minnesota with her husband, visual artist Aaron Spangler, and their 6-year-old son, Hank. A civilian home cook once more, she cooks for her family and friends with what’s available in her garden, her neighbor’s gardens, or her hometown grocery store. (Needless to say, such delicacies as Belgian endive never find their way into her kitchen; wild rice, though, which Aaron harvests from the creek in front of the house and takes to get wood-parched at the farm down the road, sometimes does.)
Occasional pro tips make their way into her recipes, but she’s resolutely a home cook now—the one who does the dishes. There’s no dirtying the food processor for just one little thing, no unnecessary ice-baths, no use of fresh herbs just for kicks or garnish . . . Amy’s food fits both the season and the household mood, making everything from a quick stovetop mac-and-cheeese for her hungry first grader getting off the bus to a totable lake day picnic of peppered pork and parmesan flatbread sandwiches.