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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best, most delicious junk food in the whole world, 2 Sep 2009
This review is from: Jamie's America (Hardcover)
Jamie says he wants to stick up for American food, which often gets pigeon-holed as pure junk; this book is his way of showing how delicious, funky, varied and outrageous it can be. The book's divided into six sections: New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia, Wild West. As always it is beautifully illustrated by David Loftus's photos and the text is entertaining, good travelogue by JO. The real treat of course is the recipes, so let's cut straight to them.

Selected Recipes:
New York
Burgers, Waldorf Salad My Way, Candied Bacon Green Salad, Deep Pan Pizza, My NYC Cheesecake, Fiery Dan Dan Noodles, Jewish Pencillin (chicken soup) , Potato Latke Breakfast, Veal Parmigiana, Killer Mac n Cheese

Lousiana
Southern Red Beans and Pork, Amazing Pork Cracklings, Jambalaya, Southern Sausage Stew, two different Gumbos, Cajun Blackened Fish, two different recipes for Alligator (you can use pork chicken or swordfish if for some reason you don't have any alligator handy), Sweet Potato Pie, Bourbon and Pecan Tart

Arizona
Mexican Breakfast (this one made me dribble on the page it looks so good, spicey eggs and tomato in a tortilla), Chilli Cheese Cornbread, Navajo Brekkie, Watermelon Salad, Epic Churro Lamb, Chicken Mole (ie with chocolate), Peach Cobbler, Hot Choccy and Churros (with chilli in it), Chilli Popcorn

Los Angeles
Breakfast Tortillas, La Brea Salad, Seven Seas Soup (the one they make for the christening in LA), Mexican Street Salad, Fiery Shrimp Cocktail, Gorditas with Salsa, Chicken on Chickpeas, Stuffed Tomato Tortillas, Tuna Tartare, Chocolate Mole Tart, Blood Orange Granita

Georgia
Venison and Creamy Beans, Southern Pecan and Apple Salad, Comforting Turkey Stew, Crab Balls, Old-Fashioned Peach Ice Cream, Rich Grits, Southern Fried Chicken, Ham Hock on Green Grits, Southern Style Pork and Slaw, Beer Butt Chicken, Five Star Pork Ribs, My Epic Barbecue Sauce

Wild West
Best Baked Beans, Trout and Salad, Mountain Meatballs, Cornish Cowboy Pasties (amazingly this one is genuinely a US recipe), Traybaked Chicken, Chilli con Jamie, Awesome Apple Pancakes, Cinammon Swirls, Appleberry Pie

As you can see from the list - less useful for the inexperienced cook, the lover of plain flavours, the dieter, the chilli-hater, and the vegetarian! But for those of us who absolutely love proper American food this book is GREAT and can be a source for recipes to remind me of many happy holidays driving across the map. A really fantastic book.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2009 11:58:20 BDT
Getoka says:
Great review, you've persuaded me to buy it Emma.

Posted on 11 Sep 2009 09:14:28 BDT
To: Emma who reads a lot
You might try a version of the breakfast tortilla (pg184) but with chipotle chile salsa rather than bottled - my wife makes the sauce with dried smoked jalapenos, if you would like the recipe you're very welcome! Mike

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2009 10:10:24 BDT
Wow that would be amazing! I love the amazon reviews page!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2009 10:41:22 BDT
I've done a few reviews but I've never really had a dialogue going, this is fun!
Chipotle Chile Salsa: Soak 10 dried smoked chiles in boiling water; finely chop 1 medium onion and 5 garlic cloves, and soften in a pan with oil; add 4 tablespoons of vinegar and 5 of tomato puree, the juice of a lime, a pinch of salt and 3 cups of water. Simmer together with the softened chiles for an hour, and puree. Buen provecho! It's hot, so a little goes a long way.. M

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2009 13:31:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Sep 2009 13:32:04 BDT
Ha ha, thanks so much! will definitely be on the restrained side when using it....

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2009 14:13:11 BDT
Rich says:
Sorry, but I'd have found your review more helpful, if instead of just listing the contents of the book, you had actually said if the recipes were easy to follow, if they were accurate etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2009 10:08:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2009 10:09:53 GMT
CALF-RID-US says:
Rich says:"Sorry, but I'd have found your review more helpful, if instead of just listing the contents of the book, you had actually said if the recipes were easy to follow, if they were accurate etc."

A lot of people like to see the contents of the book, so they can get a feel for it, particularly if they are house-bound and relying on websites for information.

I am very good at languages.
I can speak three fluently, and another four, reasonably well. I can't speak a word of Russian, but I wouldn't tell anyone that Russian is hard or that French is easy to learn, just because I think it is.

Same with recipes.
Jamie is well known for his dollop of this and glug of that, so you take accuracy with a pinch of salt, so to speak, in such publications!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2009 13:28:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2009 13:36:43 GMT
Rich says:
Fair enough, but the review reads more like a press release from his publishers rather than someone who had bought the book and used it. Which is why I found it unhelpful. Info on the contents is fine but that's really all the review was. If someone's relying on an internet review before buying the book, info on whether the recipes were easy to follow etc, I would imagine would be extremely helpful. Seems to be the case on this website that giving things five stars means getting more helpful votes.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2009 19:56:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2009 19:57:03 GMT
CALF-RID-US says:
"Rich says:
Fair enough, but the review reads more like a press release from his publishers rather than someone who had bought the book and used it. Which is why I found it unhelpful. Info on the contents is fine but that's really all the review was. If someone's relying on an internet review before buying the book, info on whether the recipes were easy to follow etc, I would imagine would be extremely helpful. Seems to be the case on this website that giving things five stars means getting more helpful votes."

Sorry to seemingly upset you, Rich, but in the case of this book, there is no 'search inside' facility and I have to say that my poor old housebound mother-in-law relies heavily on the reviews for the books on Amazon, and if they also they give her an idea of what is in the book (because the product synopsis doesn't) then she might just hit the purchase button!

I still disagree that saying whether the recipes are easy, or not, is a good idea.
In some cases it could sound like trying to teach someone how to suck eggs?
A lot of the time, it comes down to the layout of the recipe. Something that is laid out with numbered steps is clearly going to stand out and could be deemed 'easier' than something that isn't, in any subject?
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