Save the Date: Soon-to-Be UPK Author Mark Eberle to be Interviewed on Kansas Baseball

13082531_10154906351667818_3521218845187720829_nMark Eberle is an up-and-coming UPK author and will be interviewed on Kansas baseball after these two screenings of “Town Teams: Bigger than Baseball”:

-April 28, 7pm, Shawnee 18 Theaters, 16301 Midland Drive, Shawnee, KS. Film and panel discussion, FREE.

-April 30, 7pm, Central Cinema 7, 300 East Central, El Dorado, KS. Film and panel discussion, $20 (proceeds go to the YMCA and the Kansas Oil Museum).

UPK Publishes 49 of 150 Best Books of Kansas

ks lib logThe State Library of Kansas hosts a list of the 150 Best Kansas Books. UPK is proud to claim credit for publishing 49 of these tomes, including:

1001 Kansas Place Names, by Sondra Van Meter McCoy and Jan Hults

The Autobiography of William Allen White, by William Allen White

Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era, by Nicole Etcheson

Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution, by Robert Cottrol, Raymond T. Diamond and Leland B. Ware

Dying and Living on the Kansas Prairie: A Diary, by Carol Brunner Rutledge (out of print at this time)

The End of Indian Kansas: A Study of Cultural Revolution, 1854-1871, by H. Craig Miner and William E. Unrau

The Enduring Indians of Kansas: A Century and a Half of Acculturation, by Joseph B. Herring

Exodusters: Black Migrations to Kansas After Reconstruction, by Nell Irvin Painter (out of print at this time)

Farming the Dust Bowl: A First-Hand Account from Kansas, by Lawrence Svoboda

Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales from the Tallgrass Prairie, by Jim Hoy

Folklore from Kansas: Customs, Beliefs and Superstitions, William E. Koch (ed.)

Ghost Towns of Kansas: A Traveler’s Guide, by Daniel Fitzgerald

The Great Kansas Bond Scandal, by Robert Smith Bader

Guide to Kansas Architecture, by David H. Sachs and George Ehrlich

The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots, by Bob Gress and Pete Janzen

Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales, by Lisa Hefner Heitz

Hayseeds, Moralizers, and Methodists: The Twentieth-Century Image of Kansas, by Robert Smith Bader

Home on the Range: A Century on the High Plains, by James R. Dickenson

Indian Orphanages, by Marilyn Irvin Holt

John Brown to Bob Dole: Movers and Shakers in Kansas History, Virgil W. Dean (ed.)

Kansas: A History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000, by H. Craig Miner

Kansas and the West: New Perspectives, Rita Napier (ed.)

Kansas Archaeology, by Robert J. Hoard and William E. Banks

The Kansas Cookbook, by Frank Carey and Jayni Naas

Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils, Rex Buchanan (ed.)

Kansas in Color: Photographs Selected by Kansas! Magazine, Andrea Glenn (ed.) (out of print at this time)

Kansas Murals: A Traveler’s Guide, by Laura Jost and Dave Loewenstein

Kansas Quilts & Quilters, by Barbara Brackman and Jennie Chin (out of print at this time)

Kansas Wetlands: A Wildlife Treasury, Joseph T. Collins, Suzanne L. Collins and Bob Gress

A Kansas Year, by Mike Blair

Land of the Post Rock: Its Origins, History and People, by Grace Muilenburg and Ada Swineford

Living Landscapes of Kansas, paintings by Robert Sudlow

The Last Cattle Drive, by Robert Day

Next Year Country: Dust to Dust in Western Kansas, 1890-1940, by H. Craig Miner

Peopling the Plains: Who Settled Where in Frontier Kansas, by James R. Shortridge

Prohibition in Kansas: A History, by Robert Smith Bader

Roadside Kansas: A Traveler’s Guide to its Geology and Landmarks, by Rex C. Buchanan and James R. McCauley

Section 27: A Century on a Family Farm, by Mil Penner

Seeding Civil War: Kansas in the National News, 1854-1858, by H. Craig Miner

Sod and Stubble: The Story of a Kansas Homestead, by John Ise

Sod-House Days: Letters from a Kansas Homesteader, 1877-1878, by Howard Ruede

Time, Politics, and Policies: A Legislative Year, by Burdett A. Loomis

A Time to Lose: Representing Kansas in Brown v. Board of Education, by Paul E. Wilson

True Tales of Old-Time Kansas, by David Dary

West of Wichita: Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890, by H. Craig Miner

What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State, Thomas Fox Averill (ed.)

Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide, by Michael John Haddock

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Kansas Centennial Edition, by L. Frank Baum, Michael McCurdy, and Ray Bradbury

The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas, by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Kansas, Introduction by James R. Shortridge

Backpacker Magazine Lauds “Kansas Trail Guide”

9780700620661Backpacker Magazine praises Jonathan Conard and Kristin Conard’s take on Kansas hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails inside “Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State,” while ranking the 30-mile Elk River Trail as #5 in its monthly picks. Get your explore on.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

9780700621187Just in time for The University of Kansas’ sesquicentennial anniversary, John L. Rury and Kim Cary Warren offer, “Transforming the University of Kansas:  A History, 1965-2015.”  The book reflects upon the people, politics, and developments that have transformed KU–making it the distinctive institution of higher learning that it is today.  Luminaries like Dick Bond, Bernadette Gray-Little, Mandy Patinkin, Rob Riggle, The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Self, Delbert M. Shankel, David Shulenberger, and more offer reflections on the book, for example:

“When I think of KU, I’m young again.

It was the last place my father saw me do what I love to do: perform.

It gave me great teachers and lifelong friends.

It was a place that taught, supported and encouraged me to pursue what I loved

And it was the first place I fell in love.

I don’t know what more a person of any age could ask for.

Rock. . . chalk. . . Jay. . . hawk. . . K. . . you. . . ooo. . . K. . . you. . . ooo.”

–Mandy Patinkin, Tony® Award-winning and Emmy®-Award-winning actor

“Field Guide to Common Grasses” Selected as 2015 Notable Book by State Library of Kansas

9780700619450Iralee Barnard’s “Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska” has been selected by The State Library of Kansas as a 2015 Notable Book.  The Kansas Notable Book List is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans and features quality titles with wide public appeal, either written by Kansans or about a Kansas-related topic. A committee of Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) Affiliates, Fellows, librarians and authors of previous Notable Books identifies these titles from among those published the previous year, and the State Librarian makes the selection for the final List. An awards ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, September 12, 2015, to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.

What’s Cooking, Kansas?

Submit Your Recipes Now for The New Kansas Cookbook

The Kansas Cookbook authorsLAWRENCE, KS. (April 16, 2015) — In 1989, Frank and Jayni Carey coauthored The Kansas Cookbook: Recipes from the Heartland. That cookbook became a staple in the kitchen and focused on recipes based on farm traditions, early settlers’ ethnic heritage, and favorite family recipes.

Now, it’s twenty-five years later and Kansas’s culinary scene is vibrant with locally sourced ingredients available from bustling farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, artisan cheese makers, and wineries. More and more, folks are cultivating and producing for themselves—from traditional backyard gardens to home-brewed craft beer. From all four corners of the state, the people of Kansas have redefined the Kansas foodscape. Frank and Jayni want to chronicle this dynamic shift in Midwest cooking and seek recipes that reflect how Kansans cook today for inclusion in The New Kansas Cookbook (University Press of Kansas, October 2016).

As Jayni explains, “A variety of new crops in the fields, new animals in the pasture, knowledgeable and experienced cheese makers, winemakers, and organic vegetable producers, not to mention new ideas about what and how to feed ourselves, have prompted us to ask, ‘What’s Kansas cooking now?’”

To answer this question, the Careys are actively seeking original recipes and food-related stories from Kansas residents that are quintessentially Kansan. “We are interested in recipes of every kind, from main courses to side dishes, vegetables, soups, salads, appetizers and snacks, preserved foods, and desserts,” explains Jayni. Continuing, Frank states, “We are particularly interested in contemporary recipes that showcase local, Kansas ingredients. As with our previous Kansas Cookbook, including a comment about an ingredient or how a recipe is served adds spice and Kansas character. It’s fun to read that a meal helped to build a church or support a school, or that kids love it, or that Dad grills it a certain way.”

Recipe submissions are open to all Kansas residents—home cooks and professional alike. Submission deadlines are listed below; however, Kansans are encouraged to submit early and often, in any category, for the best chance of having a recipe selected for inclusion. Only original recipes will be considered for the cookbook. Those whose recipes are selected for inclusion in The New Kansas Cookbook will receive one FREE copy of the book upon publication.


  • June 15 Spring and Summer Fare
  • September 15 Final Submission Deadline


Connecting Kitchens and Community

Recommend an expert, or share a story. Everyone loves to learn. Everyone loves a good yarn. Tell us about your backyard garden. Do you shop at the local farmers market, or belong to a CSA? Do you hunt or fish? How do you grow the juiciest tomatoes? Do you keep bees or raise chickens? Who cooks dinner at your house? If you grow crops or raise livestock, tell us about your operation. If you are a chef and your restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients, share your philosophy, or tell us about the local purveyors who serve you.

Planning for Big Games / Celebrating the Season

Do you host parties for special sporting events? Do you have a book club that boasts a decadent dessert? Do you prepare special foods for each holiday season? Do you try to cook only in-season produce?

Abounding Cornucopias

Send recipes for what to do with too much zucchini, favorite sweet corn dishes, the best way to cook steak or ribs, award-winning chili or burgers, desserts featuring local fruits, family favorites, or holiday recipes.

Revisiting Family Recipes

If you wish to use an old family favorite from Auntie Em, modernize it to fit the way we cook today, while perhaps sharing the story of how the recipe has evolved in your family over time. Focus on fresh Kansas ingredients, while avoiding canned soups, packaged and box mixes, and frozen and processed foods.

Raising Kansas Cooks

Do you engage your children in the cultivating or cooking process? Does your school have a vegetable garden? Do you know a special pint-sized chef crafting his/her own signature Kansas culinary concoction? Are you a chef who donates teaching time to children’s organizations or local charities?

Kansas cooks have much to contribute to the Midwestern foodscape. If you are a home cook, backyard gardener, foodie, chef, hunter, fisherperson, winemaker, cheesemaker, baker, local purveyor, orchard owner, farmer, rancher, or just love to cook, the Careys want to hear from you. Recipes will be peppered with sidebars from experts providing instruction on everything from keeping bees to growing a prolific backyard garden, or running a small farm.

Recipes will be selected based on originality, use of fresh, local ingredients, and how well the recipe relates to Kansas. Recipes inspired by backyard gardens, farmers markets, CSAs, school gardens, farming, ranching and other foodways of Kansas are highly sought.


SUBMIT ONLINE: Log onto the Facebook page for The New Kansas Cookbook at
Look for the tab that says, “Submit your recipe!” and follow directed prompts.
SUBMIT VIA MAIL: The New Kansas Cookbook, P.O. Box 1351, Lawrence, KS 66044
Residents whose recipes are selected for the project will receive one FREE copy of the book. In the event more than one recipe is selected from a single contributor, one copy of the book will be awarded.


Frank and Jayni have been a team in the kitchen since they first met. Together, the couple has authored two cookbooks. The Kansas Cookbook: Recipes from the Heartland (University Press of Kansas) and The Easier You Make It, The Better It Tastes! (Better Homes and Gardens Books). Jayni is the author of The Best of Jayni’s Kitchen (Sunflower Publishing, a division of The World Company). She hosts a weekly cooking show, Jayni’s Kitchen, airing on WOW, Channel 6 in Lawrence and surrounding communities.

For additional information, contact: Rebecca Murray,

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