America: The Cookbook
Celebrate the diversity of American food, state by state
France may have brought the world the restaurant, yet America has given us all pretty much everything else. From the breakfast nook, to the lunch counter, by way of the diner, the drive-in, the taco truck and the take-out, if food is easy, informal and delicious, it's probably American.

Kitchen snobs might protest that US confections, such as onion rings, corn dogs or green Jell-O salad, aren't worthy of equal placement alongside lobster bisque or caprese salad. Yet truly open-minded gourmets would recognise the unique wealth of ingredients, cultures and traditions that lie between the USA's shining seas. Americans cooks draw on some of the finest sea food and farm produce in the world, as well as wild quarry such as elk, salmon and deer. There are novel, industrialised ingredients, including Spam and corn flakes, as well as earthier additions, such as alligator meat and or Rocky Mountain oysters.

Native, pre-Columbian recipe such as guacavaqui meat stew, is prepared alongside more recent arrivals to the New World, such as Ethiopian injera, Vietnamese pho, and hot German potato salad, and there's no shortage of quintessentially 'American' fare, from baked beans to boiled peanuts and peach cobbler. To paraphrase a great American poet, this national cuisine is large, it contains multitudes. The key ingredient that distinguishes it from others? A sizeable dose of democracy.

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With 800 home-cooking recipes, America: The Cookbook is a celebration of the remarkable diversity of American food and food culture state by state. Features 50 essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs.

America: The Cookbook is the first book to document comprehensively – and celebrate – the remarkable diversity of American cuisine and food culture. A thoroughly researched compendium of 800 home-cooking recipes for delicious and authentic American dishes, America: The Cookbook explores the country's myriad traditions and influences, regional favourites and melting-pot fusion – the culinary heritage of a nation, from appetizers to desserts and beyond. A unique state-by-state section features essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs.