Our League's current cookbook, Honest to Goodness, celebrates the rich ethnic dishes inspired by our forebears. Straight from Abraham Lincoln's hometown where honesty, fairness, and integrity are still an important part of our daily lives. We hope Honest to Goodness will inspire you to savor the rich history that abounds in Illinois' capital city.
"My Friends: no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything."
- Abraham Lincoln, February 11, 1861, Springfield, Illinois
It has been almost a Century and a half since Abraham Lincoln uttered these words as he boarded a train to leave Springfield, not to return until another train, this one draped in black, brought him back to the people he had called neighbors.
Springfield, the only city the nation's 16th president ever called home.
Springfield, where honesty, fairness, and integrity continue to be an important part of our daily lives. Those influences are felt in the foods we eat as well. Honestly good food - and plenty of it.
Native Illinois pork, beef, corn, garden crisp vegetables, fresh strawberries, apples, and yes, even horseradish are the staples of our culinary heritage, simply prepared with Midwestern flair and consumed with gusto. Honest to Goodness is our celebration of that good food, the rich ethnic dishes inspired by our forebearers.
We hope Honest to Goodness will inspire you. Enjoy the cooking of Springfield and savor the rich history that abounds in Illinois' capital city.