Butler University alum Kristin Hess photographed more than 80 Hoosiers for a recently published book called Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, commissioned by Indiana Humanities. Featuring first-person narratives and rich photography, the coffee table book captures and shares stories from Hoosiers about the food renaissance taking place across the state.

In addition to photographing all of the subjects, Hess designed the cover jacket, and created the template for each page. Hess graduated from Butler in 2010 with a degree in multimedia studies and Spanish.

Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest features a broad spectrum of Hoosiers statewide, like Greg Gunthorp from LaGrange, Ind., whose grass-fed pork and poultry are served by some of the best chefs in the country; Dani Tippmann from Columbia City, Ind., who is reviving the Native American foodways of her ancestors; Lisa Sparks, who says she hates pie, but keeps winning prizes for the best ones in America from her shop in Atlanta, Ind.; Jay Akridge at Purdue University who is training the next generation of farmers; Jesús Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant known as “the Pierogi King” of Whiting, Ind.; and Aster Bekele, who has turned an Indianapolis urban farm into a lifeline for kids in need.

The book is a legacy of the two-year award-winning program called Food for Thought, in which Indiana Humanities encouraged Hoosiers to think, read and talk about food and its role in our lives. Hess was hired as the ambassador of the program in June, 2010, after meeting Indiana Humanities’ director of communications, Kristen Fuhs Wells (a 2005 and 2012 Butler grad), at a spring networking event for Butler seniors.

Hess and author David Hoppe will go on a statewide book tour, which is funded in part by Farm Credit Mid-America. The tour will include book signings and programs featuring book interviewees at the DuPont Food Pavilion each day at the Indiana State Fair (Aug. 3-19, 4 p.m. weekdays; 3 p.m. weekends), and stops in Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Jeffersonville, Chicago and more. Libraries, bookstores and other locations interested in hosting a signing and/or program can contact Kristin Hess at khess@indianahumanites.org.

The tour locations include:
Aug. 3-19, Indianapolis (Indiana State Fair)
Aug. 26, Indianapolis (Dig IN)
Aug. 30, New Harmony, IN
Aug. 31, Evansville, IN
Sept. 6, Columbus, IN
Sept. 7-8, Louisville, KY
Sept. 8, Indianapolis (Penrod)
Sept. 9, Starlight, IN
Sept. 10, Jeffersonville, IN
Sept. 27-28, Fort Wayne, IN
Sept. 29, Indianapolis
Oct. 5, Indianapolis (FoodCon 3 at the Harrison Center for the Arts)
Oct. 6, Fair Oaks Farm, Brookston, IN
Oct. 7, Michigan City, Chesterton, IN
Oct. 8, South Bend, IN, and Mishawaka, IN
Oct. 9-10, Chicago
Oct. 17-18, Southern Indiana cities TBD
Oct. 20, Bloomington, IN
Oct. 23, West Lafayette, IN
Oct. 24, Muncie, IN
Oct. 25, Terre Haute, IN

Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest was published by IBJ Publishing and printed by an Indiana company. The $24.95 book is available online, through local bookstores and at events such as the Indiana State Fair, Penrod, Dig IN, farmers markets, holiday open houses and more. Visit www.IndianaHarvest.com for information.

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