Heritage Baking

Xhibition Kitchen
November 1, 2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Join us for this Xhibition Kitchen event  •  Free Cooking Demo and Cookbook Signing  •  Books are available at the event and the NU bookstore.

Heritage Baking

Recipes for Rustic Breads and Pastries Baked with Artisanal Flour from Hewn Bakery

by Ellen King

HERITAGE BAKING is the go-to resource for bakers of all skill levels who love new information and techniques that lead to better loaves and more flavor in all baked goods. These 45 FOOLPROOF RECIPES for delicious, nutritious, good-for-the-gut breads and pastries star a wide range of artisanal flours that are now readily available to home bakers.


In-depth master tutorials for starters, country loaves, and adjusting recipes for different flours are paired with step-by-step photography sequences that help visual learners get these fundamentals just right.

As consumers are seeking a deeper connection to where their food comes from, the HERITAGE BAKING movement starts with supporting local grain farmers and artisan millers. Growing wheat in a sustainable fashion is a colossal task but fifth-generation Iroquois County Illinois farmer, Harold Wilken, says, “It’s worth it to grow healthy, nutritious, beautiful tasting food that we can safely eat and enjoy.”


Come Meet Ellen

About the Author: With a combined passion for history, heritage grains, and baking, Ellen King is the Co-Owner and Head Baker at Hewn, a bakery located in Evanston, IL creating hand-forged artisan bread. The journey to opening Hewn began after King welcomed her son and moved back to Illinois in 2009. While staying at home with her son, King filled the air of her Evanston condo with the smell of freshly baked bread made with heritage grains. Word got out in the neighborhood about King’s airy, light creations, prompting her to start the Underground Bread Club. She would bake all morning, strap her son on the back of her bike, and ride around town dropping off loaves to her members. It was through the Underground Bread Club that King met her now business partner, Julie Matthei, and Hewn opened its doors in Evanston in June of 2013.

Recognized in The New York Times, Saveur, Chicago magazine, Forbes, and other notable publications, Hewn has also been featured as the Best Bakery in the Suburbs in 2018 by Make It Better and as one of Time Out Chicago’s 100 Best Dishes in Chicago 2017. King has appeared on WGN’s nationally syndicated “Lunchbreak" segment, FOX Good Day Chicago, ABC-7’s Hungry Hound with Steve Dolinsky, among others. To further the mission of revitalizing the grain economy, King has been a guest speaker and panelist at a number of conferences, including the Fancy Food Show, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs National Conference, Agricultural History Society, Maine Grain Alliance's Kneading Conference, and more.

A classically trained chef, King attended the Seattle Culinary Academy where she was awarded the Les Dames d’Escoffier 2003 scholarship, and she holds an MA in American History from the University of Maine, and a BA in History from St. Norbert College. Before opening Hewn, King worked in various restaurants in Seattle with a specialty in French, Mediterranean and Vegetarian foods, served as the artisan cheese buyer for Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA, and spent time at Quillisascut Farm School, a sustainable farm school in Rice, WA, where she first learned to bake bread in a wood fired oven.

King is a member of Women Chefs and Restauranteurs, the Bread Bakers Guild of America, Les Dames d’Escoffier, and the Illinois Restaurant Association.


Free admission: If you would like to attend just the Xhibition Kitchen event without eating lunch in the dining room, please sign in with an ID and proceed directly to the XK. If you plan to stay for lunch and eat in the dining room, please pay the à la carte meal rate upon entrance. Thank you and enjoy the show!

The cutting edge venue at the dining halls is the Xhibition Kitchen, located at 11 Speare Place inside Stetson West Eatery. A variety of programs are hosted in this innovative kitchen which include chef demonstrations, cooking classes, book signings and interactive display cooking.