Easy Twists on Great American Classics, and More
On Sale: October 5, 2010
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The incredible diversity in American cooking was a
real revelation to me. So although I went looking for
"quintessential American food," my conclusion is that there
is no such thing; instead there's a huge wealth of seriously
Many of us outside of America may
think we already know all there is to know about it from
movies or the occasional holiday, but the truth is that this
doesn't even scratch the surface. In many ways, the country
is still a bit of a mystery to us. This trip was my chance
to explore the ingredients, food culture, and traditions
within this incredible country.
I felt that I knew
cities like New York and Los Angeles pretty well, but this
time I ventured beyond the neighborhoods I was familiar with
and into areas better known for their immigrant communities.
I was rewarded with some of the most incredible food I've
The story was the same when I moved
beyond the big cities. Whether it was Creole cooking in
Louisiana or soul food in Georgia, the Mexican influences in
Arizona or the hearty cowboy cuisine of Big Sky Country,
every place I went had its unique treasures.
back with more recipes than I knew what to do with, and
although it was tough, I managed to narrow this book down to
120 of my absolute favorites. These are my takes on some of
the best food I came across, as well as a few things I made
up along the way. I hope you enjoy them, and maybe even
discover new and inspiring sides to America you've never
seen before. Enjoy!
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