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on 8 September 2014
So many recipes - so little time!!! This book is crammed full with all of those recipes that you salivate over when watching american cooking shows or tv shows! Full of colour photo's. The recipes are weighed out in grams and ounces rather than the american cups system making it easier. There are also lots of little tips for alternative items you can use if you can't get hold of certain ingredients as well as little bits of history about certain dishes! Great recipes included are southern fried chicken ( also a healthier baked option), steak and cheese burrito's, huevos rancheros, chicken fried steak and pulled pork along with recipes such as peach cobbler, caramel cinnamon buns, cinnamon churros and double chocolate brownie! At the end there is also a candies and preserves(pickles) section! Well worth the money especially during bbq season!
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on 12 August 2015
It's plain for all to see that a huge amount of thought went into compiling this book: glossy pages, easy to follow instructions (averaging 3 or 4 small sentences per recipe) and sumptuous photographs for each recipe to whet your appetite.

The book is divided into Sections:

Starters, Soups and Salads - a taste of the Northeast
Breakfasts and Light Bites - a taste of the Southeast
Mains and Sides - a taste of the Southwest and Midwest
Desserts - (no direction for the desserts)
Baking, Candy and Preserves - a taste of the Pacific Northwest

but whichever point of the compass you focus on, the recipes are easy to follow, easy to make and even easier to eat. Those I have tried are:

Blueberry Crumb Cake (Page 215) - like a crumble but in cake form (other fruits can be used if you wish) - yummy
Spiced Apple & Pear Crisp (Page 197) - 'crisp' is the American for our UK 'crumble' and this works very, very well
Boston Cream Trifle (Page 180) - MASSIVE and massively Moorish. I used ready-made Vanilla Custard (not the yellow kind) from the supermarket
Triple-layered Coconut Cake (Page 212) - a stunner of a cake; gooey and gorgeous and only lasted two minutes in my house
Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake (Page 219) - like a lemon drizzle cake without the drizzle but with a bit more 'zing'

Some of the recipes have secondary suggestions ie the Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Pizza on Page 102 has a 'Now Try This' suggestion on the right-hand side of the page, where is listed 'Parma Ham', 'Ricotta Sauce', 'Griddled Chicken' as alternatives to the original. Likewise on Page 146, the recipe for the Boston Baked Beans (sensational if you let them 'stew' 'til they are very, very thick), there are suggestions for 'Tex-Mex Twist', 'Vegan Option' and 'Honey & Ketchup' as variations. Like I said, a lot of thought's gone into the recipes.

I love the fact that the recipes are beautifully laid out with numbered stages (ie 1, 2, 3, 4 with a short sentence of instruction which even the novice can follow) and don't require you to sprint to the supermarket to stock up on a huge range of ingredients which you use once and then throw away after a few months. I don't like to waste food so I look through the recipes I like and then see what I've already got in my pantry before I decide whether to cook it: mostly I have what is needed but I did have to beg a few spoons of Bourbon from my friend as I'd never use the whole bottle in a million years. .

If you love the US or know someone who does or who has recently been there on holiday, this is the ideal book to get. (I was lucky enough to buy it from a charity shop for £1.50. Very chuffed).
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on 21 May 2014
Superb,great recipes clearly written and excellently illustrated , not just for accomplished cooks easily followed instructions . It's a book to be treasured .
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on 27 April 2014
Bought this book as I was inspired by some of the original recipes and the wonderful photography. Simple easy to follow recipes, great to use as inspiration for ones own creations. One of the best American cookbooks out there. Enjoy.
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on 17 October 2014
Recipes are very easy to follow.Weights given in ounces,not the cup measurement in other American books.Also gives
alternatives for things hard to find here.The best American recipe book I have seen.
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on 11 February 2016
This is a DK book, so doesn't read or feel like a genuine American cookbook. It contains many typical American-style recipes but feels like a bit of a compromise. If you want to cook American-type food then this book is fine and the recipes are easy to follow and well illustrated. But ff you are after genuine american recipes that americans would use then this is probably not the best choice - go for something like the U.S.A. Cookbook by Sheila Lukins which I can recommend, or indeed anything by Ina Garten which you can pick up in Waterstones..
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on 24 October 2014
Great recipes for those dishes you always wanted to try and all use UK ingredients & measurements. The Gooey S'mores went down a treat in our house.
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on 12 April 2015
A friend introduced me to this book as thought I may want to copy a few recipes but liked it so much I bought it. Would definitely recommend as gives you american recipes but with an english recipe list (not always easy translating american cookbooks into english ingredients). Have made half a dozen of the recipes already and all have been good....the banana butterscotch muffins have received the comment "best muffins ever"
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on 16 March 2016
My daughter purchased this book for me for mothers day. Best present ever! So many, easy to follow recipes that I can't wait to try. Lovely photographs and every recipe is easy to understand. Love that the author has also included dressings and pickles and even recommends which recipes to use them with. Would recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience the tastes of America in their own home.
Enjoy!!
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on 10 December 2015
If you like American with a slight twist buy this. Very easy recipes and good on the eye.
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