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The Sioux Chef wins James Beard Award for his cookbook

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Sean Sherman's cookbook featuring indigenous foods in Minnesota and the Dakotas has won him a national award.

Sherman, who goes by the monicker "The Sioux Chef," wrote "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen" with Minneapolis chef Beth Dooley, and had it published by the University of Minnesota Press.

On Friday, it was announced as the winner in the "American cookbook" section of the James Beard Foundation Awards.

According to its description, Sherman's book "dispels outdated notions" of Native American food, featuring a selection of healthy plates featuring ingredients commonly found in the Midwest.

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Sherman, who is Oglala Lakota, runs a catering business in the Twin Cities, and is continuing his efforts to open a restaurant serving his Native American-inspired fare.

Among those congratulating Sherman and Dooley was Minnesota celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern.

Several Twin Cities chefs and restaurants are in the running for James Beard food awards, the winners of which will be revealed next month.

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