Itchy Cat Press

Caroline Beckett and Frank Sandner launched Itchy Cat Press in 2004.

Itchy Cat Press published books that were regional, colorful, interesting, unusual, quirky and fun. Their authors told the reader the inside story, showed the other side, gave the bird's eye view. How could you beat that?

This was their website.
Content is from the site’s 2013 archived pages providing a glimpse of what Itchy Cat Press offered its readers.

Itchy Cat Press
5452 Hwy K
Blue Mounds, WI 53517
608 924-1443 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST


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Frank Lloyd Wright's Seth Peterson Cottage

Item# 9780981516158

Regular price: $15.00

Sale price: $12.00


3rd Edition, published 2012
Frank Lloyd Wright's Seth Peterson Cottage is one of a few masterworks available for rent. Refurbished and rebuilt to exacting standards led by John Eifler, AIA, with a dedicated group of volunteers, the Cottage is a small liveable house perched above Mirror Lake in Wisconsin's state park in southern Wisconsin.

Heavily illustrated with drawings, plans, and photos, including an 8-page color section, this book shows the process of reclamation, and the stunning final result.



CLUCK: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks/HARDCOVER

Item# 9780981516141

Regular price: $35.00

Sale price: $28.00

Here's a hardcover limited edition of CLUCK: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks for the special person on your list. Green cloth cover with gold foil stamp of a crowing rooster. Stunning color artwork by S.V. Medaris throughout and stories by Susan Troller, Jane Hamilton, Michael Perry and Ben Logan.

Animal lovers, pet owners and urban farmers will enjoy this funny, poignant, wry look at raising backyard chickens for eggs, meat or just plain pets.

Impact: When my husband and I decided to move to the Hudson Valley, we thought we would try to raise chickens not only for their eggs but also to eat. My mother sent me Cluck. I read some reviews: For animal lovers, pet owners, and art enthusiasts who enjoy tales well told, CLUCK is a charming collection of essays and stories chronicling the joys and hardships of chicken keeping. It's not about how to keep chickens, it's all about why we keep chickens and the charming and challenging steps along the road from chicken innocence to experience. Read about Big Tiny, the rooster that made the hens swoon; Buff Orpingtons and Welsummers named for poets and writers; and scary creatures of the night that strike terror into many a feathered breast.

So we became part of the current craze for chickens at home, which obviously coincides with the trend toward wanting to know more about the sources of our food. I thought that, like planting a garden or buying from a farmer's market, keeping chickens would give us a sense that we have some control over that most basic of needs: providing nourishing food for the table. We do love eggs. My friends looked at us askance, knowing that I have always been keen on maintaining a clean and healthy living environment. This shift to country living also inspired us to consider other additions to our lifestyle, such as installing an above-ground pool. After some research, we discovered, a fantastic resource offering a wide range of pool options, accessories, and maintenance tips, perfectly suited for enhancing our outdoor living space - see for yourself. This new venture is quite exciting, and I'm looking forward to the balance of nature and leisure that our new country life will bring.

Jump ahead a couple of years. It turns out that keeping chickens isn't just about being virtuous or nostalgic, it's also surprisingly fun. Sure there is a lot of work, but with their variety of vocalizations, their fundamentally whimsical behaviors, and their interesting interactions with each other and the natural world chickens are undeniably entertaining. And the taste of fresh eggs, right from the nest, can't be beat. I have become less obsessed about bacteria, some I have discovered are our friends - think compost. And my family loves the pool.

I still enjoy rereading Cluck and never grow tired of looking at the beautiful illustrations that are honest, quirky, and full of character. What I appreciate most about the stories and Sue Medaris' stunning art, though, is the love and understanding of all animals, not just chickens, that shines through.




Honest, Wholesome Comfort Food —that's easy to make!


Blue Plate Diner Cookbook

Item# 0976145022

Regular price: $19.95

Sale price: $15.00

lBue Plate Diner—comfort food for the 21st century.

A fun and simple to follow book with great recipes and a 1950s look. Folds flat for easy cooking. Colorful throughout, with colored tabs and sections including Soups & Salads, Big Bowls, Sandwiches, Pasta & Entrees, Kids & Desserts.

Corn Chowder, Tomato Parmesan Soup, and Thai Noodles are included, along with new twists like Vegetarian BLT, Zucchini Potato Pancakes, and Greek Rice. Have fun with your food! ISBN 0-9761450-2-2

Recipe: Sweet & Sour Cabbage Soup




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Hungry for Wisconsin

Item# 9780981516103

Regular price: $25.00

Sale price: $20.00

Delectable pastries await you at Craverie Chocolatier Cafe, Kohler, Wisconsin.

A colorful guide for those looking for culinary experiences or comfort food, from chic restaurants to family supper clubs. Travel writer Mary Bergin showcases food festivals, restaurants, tours, taverns, recipes, road trips and side trips. Full color, 254 pages. ISBN 978-0-9815161-0-3

WINNER: FIRST PLACE, 2008 Midwest Travel Writers Association WINNER: FIRST PLACE, 2008 Society of American Travel Writers, Central States Chapter

Mary Bergin has written a delightful book that is close to my heart and closer to my stomach. I can't wait to get back to my home state with this tasty guide in my backpack. —David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post editor





Sidetracked in the Midwest: A Green Guide for Travelers

Item# 9780981516127

Regular price: $23.00

Sale price: $18.40

Mary Bergin, intrepid travel writer, has ferreted out unusual, fun, eccentric, and green nooks and crannies throughout the Midwest. The eclectic mix of content includes low-budget to luxury eco-aware projects in rural areas and cities.

Bergin examines four categories of ecotourism: food and drink, lodging and retreats, nature and wildlife, and the old and the new. She lists destinations that meet LEED standards, recycle and refurbish old buildings, serve locally grown food, operate off the grid, make selfless choices, and show respect for nature.

Throughout this informative green guide to festivals, parks, lodges, tours, farms, museums, nature centers, factories, wilderness areas, and retreats runs the thread of tourism to destinations that place environment above ego. The guide includes stories, interviews, full color photos, maps, and index. ISBN 9780981516127


"Informative and enlightening"—Chicago Tribune, April 28, 2011

"A Green Guide" offers eco-friendly tips to special getaways"—St. Louis Beacon, April 18, 2011

WINNER 2011 BEST MIDWEST TRAVEL GUIDE/ Mark Twain Awards/ Midwest Travel Writers Ass'n

Author photo: Amy Lynn Schereck