A lavishly illustrated portrait of our nation's rich culinary tradition with essays and 750 recipes from American kitchens
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Add to Wish List
Ten years ago, former New York Times food columnist Molly
O'Neill embarked on a transcontinental road trip to
investigate reports that Americans had stopped cooking at
home. As she traveled highways, dirt roads, bayous, and
coastlines gathering stories and recipes, it was immediately
apparent that dire predictions about the end of American
cuisine were vastly overstated. From Park Avenue to trailer
parks, from tidy suburbs to isolated outposts, home cooks
were channeling their family histories as well as their
tastes and personal ambitions into delicious meals. One
decade and over 300,000 miles later, One Big Table is a
celebration of these cooks, a mouthwatering portrait of the
nation at the table.
Meticulously selected from more than 20,000 contributions,
the cookbook's 600 recipes are a definitive portrait of what
we eat and why. In this lavish volume—illustrated throughout
with historic photographs, folk art, vintage advertisements,
and family snapshots—O'Neill celebrates heirloom recipes
like the Doughty family's old-fashioned black duck and
dumplings that originated on a long-vanished island off
Virginia's Eastern Shore, the Pueblo tamales that Norma
Naranjo makes in her horno in New Mexico, as well as modern
riffs such as a Boston teenager's recipe for asparagus soup
scented with nigella seeds and truffle oil. Many recipes
offer a bridge between first-generation immigrants and their
progeny—the bucatini with dandelion greens and spring garlic
that an Italian immigrant and his grandson forage for in the
Vermont woods—while others are contemporary variations that
embody each generation's restless obsession with
distinguishing itself from its predecessors. O'Neill cooks
with artists, writers, doctors, truck drivers, food
bloggers, scallop divers, horse trainers, potluckers, and
gourmet club members.
In a world where takeout is just a phone call away, One Big
Table reminds us of the importance of remaining connected to
the food we put on our tables. As this brilliantly edited
collection shows on every page, the glories of a home-cooked
meal prove how every generation has enriched and expanded
our idea of American food. Every recipe in this book is a
testament to the way our memories—historical, cultural, and
personal—are bound up in our favorite and best family dishes.
As O'Neill writes, "Most Americans cook from the heart as
well as from a distinctly American yearning, something I
could feel but couldn't describe until thousands of miles of
highway helped me identify it in myself: hometown appetite.
This book is a journey through hundreds of 'hometowns' that
fuel the American appetite, recipe by recipe, bite by bite."
No comments posted.
Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!