Synopses & Reviews
American food is no longer just steak, potatoes, and apple pie. Over the past 50 years, dishes that were once exotic have become essential parts of the American menu. Here, for the first time, David Rosengarten has created a definitive cookbook of truly American favorites, ranging from coast to coast, back into the past, and into the cuisines that have merged with the American mainstream in recent decades. Rosengarten places authentic Cajun recipes alongside the sizzling Cuban specialties of Miami. He unveils the mystery behind Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and Maryland crab cakes. He retrieves American classics like chicken pot pie and tuna melt from Junior League cookbooks and restores them to their glory. From breakfast, where he gives the secrets for perfect scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns, to an array of indulgent late night desserts, David Rosengarten has written an unpretentious and accessible adoration of the American kitchen. This celebration of our nation's wonderfully varied cuisine belongs on every home cook's bookshelf.
"This titanic homage to our nation's wildly varied culinary roots values comfort over refinement, but fortunately comforts are in plentiful supply....[Rosengarten's] slightly goofy prose is a perfect match for this gut-rumbling, mouth-watering, heartfelt tribute." Publishers Weekly
"The author's task was a rather daunting one, and certain ethnic cuisines are sadly underrepresented here....Nevertheless, this is a fascinating guide to the diverse cuisines that make up American food." Library Journal
"David Rosengarten has done this job exceedingly well...fascinating, well researched, and full of delicious recipes is an added plus." Daniel Boulud, author of Letters to a Young Chef
"David gives us the best possible versions of regional, classic, and ethnic specialties..." Jacques Pépin, PBS-TV personality, cookbook author, and cooking teacher
This volume features the best recipes for more than 400 new American classics.
David Rosengarten delivers recipes for more than 400 Real American classics - from cheese enchiladas to Texas barbecue to meatloaf and mashed potato and more!
About the Author
David Rosengarten was the host of Taste on the Food Network from 1994-2000. His articles have appeared in Gourmet, the New York Times, Newsday, Food & Wine, and Bon Appetit. He is the author of three previous cookbooks based on his cooking show. He lives in New York.