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The Great American Cookbook: 500 Time-Testes Recipes: Favorite Food from Every State [Kindle Edition]

Clementine Paddleford , Kelly Alexander , Molly O'Neill
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The first and greatest book of regional American cuisine, now revised for today’s home cook. Imagine a person with the culinary acumen of Julia Child, the inquisitiveness of Margaret Mead, and the daring of Amelia Earhart. This is Clementine Paddleford, America’s first food journalist. In the 1930s, Paddleford set out to do something no one had done before: chronicle regional American food. Writing for the New York Herald Tribune, Gourmet, and This Week, she crisscrossed the nation, piloting a propeller plane, to interview real home cooks and discover their local specialties.

The Great American Cookbook is the culmination of Paddleford’s career. A best seller when first published in 1960 as How America Eats, this coveted classic has been out of print for thirty years. Here are more than 500 of Paddleford’s best recipes, all adapted for contemporary kitchens. From New England there is Real Clam Chowder; from the South, Fresh Peach Ice Cream; from the Southwest, Albondigas Soup; from California, Arroz con Pollo. Behind all the recipes are extraordinary stories, which make this not just a cookbook but also a portrait of America.   

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"But Paddleford loved and told the stories of others, and she sought out people and families who cooked the foods journalists and locavores still think we're discovering today." "The New York Times" "Paddleford was clearly ahead of her time, and her reporting is a pleasure to read. This title's historic and ethnographic significance will appeal to researchers, and anyone who loves good food writing will enjoy the stories accompanying some of America's best-known dishes." "Library Journal "

About the Author

Clementine Paddleford was the first American writer to define American food. Through her weekly columns, she reached more than 12 million people. In 1963, "Time" magazine named her the country's 'Best-Known Food Editor.' Kelly Alexander, a longtime editor at "Saveur" magazine, has written for "The New Republic," "Food & Wine," and "The New York Times." Molly O'Neill, the author of four cookbooks including most recently "One Big Table," was for ten years the food columnist for "The New York Times Magazine" and was also the host of the PBS series "Great Food."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5491 KB
  • Print Length: 850 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009LJNC2Y
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (11 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005899TDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I own rather too many cookbooks but don't often cook from them - quite a large number are ones from many years ago, different cuisines, etc and are fascinating to me in a curio way rather than as ones to actually use when looking for something to eat for lunch (hell, that's what Google's for these days). This is definitely one of the curio books. The food is basic and there are some really odd combinations used, but the recipes are sound. I've cooked the cornbreads and biscuits for a southern BBQ party I held and they went down very quickly. The baked beans were a bit bland and I did end up quadrupling the spices used. This is not diet food at all - half cups of maple syrup here and sticks of butter here - which means it couldn't be part of my daily repertoire but it's fun to play with.

In response to the previous reviewer, I can only wonder whether there have been different prints. My copy has an index, though the state by state layout isn't the most intuitive for browsing.
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This book is huge! And well worth the purchase price - it is a TOME!. It is a facinating read, and I bought it intending to read it as opposed to cook from it which is exactly what I am doing. It contains just as much food writting as it does recipies and the history and the story of the author is perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the book. I think for a modern American centred cookery book I will be keeping Martha Stewarts American Cooking on my wish list - but this is an excellent book for those of us that view cook books as 'literature' and 'reference' as well as just stuff to get recipies from.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2 May 2014
By Fiona
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lots of great recipes, clearly written but its all in black and white with no colour pictures which was disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In love with this book! 27 Aug. 2013
By Helly
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There is a huge range of interesting recipes! The recipes are separated by area of the US and there are stories from gathering the recipes dotted throughout the book.

The hardback version includes an index; it's very easy to find the recipe you're looking for.

It's a really lovely book in both content and appearance. I'm totally thrilled with it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 0 27 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is an excellent read but the lack of an index makes recipes to hard to find so I don't think it will get much use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 2 Dec. 2013
By Maz321
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good for American foodies
Really enjoyed it good recipes and really clear instructions with a handy conversion chart at the back.
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