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One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking 600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs

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Publisher Comments:

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."

Review:

"O'Neill, former New York Times Magazine food writer and author (New York Cookbook), has compiled an informative and heartwarming refutation of the demise of American home cooking. Ten years and many miles in the making, this collection celebrates the nation's culinary diversity, both ethnically and agriculturally, and offers a uniquely intimate look at what home cooking in America is truly like today. O'Neill crossed the country, interviewing home cooks and spending time in the kitchens of recent immigrants. The results are enticing recipes that intertwine family stories, personal histories, and food. From stuffed Danish pancakes in Utah to tamales in Santa Fe and Vietnamese shrimp pancakes in Mississippi, this eclectic collection showcases the best this country has to offer. O'Neill also includes old-style American fare, including black-eyed pea and mustard greens soup, corn chowder, campfire trout, and bluegrass bass with Kentucky caviar. Sidebars abound on everything from black sea bass to Johnny Appleseed, Elvis to shrimp. As engaging in the armchair as it is in the kitchen, this book is an enduring testament to our historic traditions and the new culinary forays being made by American home cooks. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"This is One Big Book, filled to the brim with anecdotes, references, information, memorabilia, and 800 recipes that are truly representative of all U.S. cultures and ethnicities. ONeill...has outdone herself." (Starred Review) Booklist

Review:

"As much a coffee-table book as a source of recipes. This survey of American home cooking from the ground level is wide-ranging, attractive, and just plain huge; recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"In the hands of a lesser writer, it could all be hard going, but Ms. O'Neill renders it as sweet and light as apple crisp." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"A remarkable collection of recipes and life stories that is utterly unlike the usual all-in-one cookbook.... [A] glorious hodgepodge of classic American dishes...and newer additions to the country's repertoire." Washington Post

Review:

"Part cookbook and part documentary, One Big Table paints a picture of America's vibrant culinary traditions.... [it] does more than just show us what we like to eat — it reminds us who we are." Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

O'Neill's lavishly illustrated portrait of the nation's rich culinary tradition features essays and 750 recipes from American kitchens.

About the Author

For a decade, Molly O'Neill was the food columnist for the New York Times Magazine and the host of the PBS series Great Food. Her work has appeared in many national magazines, and she is the author of three cookbooks, including the award-winning The New York Cookbook. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743232708
Author:
O'Neill, Molly
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - American - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Cooking
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Cooking and Food-US General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-c t-o
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
9.25 x 8 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "O'Neill, former New York Times Magazine food writer and author (New York Cookbook), has compiled an informative and heartwarming refutation of the demise of American home cooking. Ten years and many miles in the making, this collection celebrates the nation's culinary diversity, both ethnically and agriculturally, and offers a uniquely intimate look at what home cooking in America is truly like today. O'Neill crossed the country, interviewing home cooks and spending time in the kitchens of recent immigrants. The results are enticing recipes that intertwine family stories, personal histories, and food. From stuffed Danish pancakes in Utah to tamales in Santa Fe and Vietnamese shrimp pancakes in Mississippi, this eclectic collection showcases the best this country has to offer. O'Neill also includes old-style American fare, including black-eyed pea and mustard greens soup, corn chowder, campfire trout, and bluegrass bass with Kentucky caviar. Sidebars abound on everything from black sea bass to Johnny Appleseed, Elvis to shrimp. As engaging in the armchair as it is in the kitchen, this book is an enduring testament to our historic traditions and the new culinary forays being made by American home cooks. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "This is One Big Book, filled to the brim with anecdotes, references, information, memorabilia, and 800 recipes that are truly representative of all U.S. cultures and ethnicities. ONeill...has outdone herself." (Starred Review)
"Review" by , "As much a coffee-table book as a source of recipes. This survey of American home cooking from the ground level is wide-ranging, attractive, and just plain huge; recommended."
"Review" by , "In the hands of a lesser writer, it could all be hard going, but Ms. O'Neill renders it as sweet and light as apple crisp."
"Review" by , "A remarkable collection of recipes and life stories that is utterly unlike the usual all-in-one cookbook.... [A] glorious hodgepodge of classic American dishes...and newer additions to the country's repertoire."
"Review" by , "Part cookbook and part documentary, One Big Table paints a picture of America's vibrant culinary traditions.... [it] does more than just show us what we like to eat — it reminds us who we are."
"Synopsis" by , O'Neill's lavishly illustrated portrait of the nation's rich culinary tradition features essays and 750 recipes from American kitchens.
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