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The Taste of America Hardcover – 14 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 01 edition (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714865826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714865829
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... in Colman Andrews' book... there are wonderfully nostalgic accounts of the author's favourite food stuffs, histories of some of America's best-loved brands and 125 sensational illustrations.

Publishers Weekly

Leave it to Colman Andrews to give us the DNA of quintessential American flavors. This amazing book reminds you of favorite items you may have forgotten, or introduces you to something totally new that's long been a regional tradition. It's a perfect window into the history of the foods that help tell America's culinary story.

Jonathan Waxman, Chef, Barbuto

About the Author

Colman Andrews is an award-winning food writer, restaurant reviewer and gastronomic commentator based in the USA. His previous books include Reinventing Food Ferran Adrià: The Man Who Changed The Way We Eat, also published by Phaidon.He co-founded Saveur magazine and acted as editor-in-chief for four years (collecting six James Beard Journalism Awards), and went on to be a contributing editor for Gourmet magazine. He is also editorial director at the food blog TheDailyMeal.com.


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I have no idea what the intended audience for this book is. I expected to get a nice exposé of Americana with cutting edge food photography of Cheeseburgers, Pulled Pork, American Style Barbecue. Instead, the entire book is an utterly boring list of common grocery items (and I mean common, because you can get them everywhere) followed by a clinically boring description of what they are. Example - Free Range Chicken. There is a page devoted to telling you what a free range chicken is! And another page about rice with an essay that basically says americans like to eat rice. The pictures are equally boring. How this got past an Editor, I do not know. My copy is going to the charity shop.
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This is not a cookbook (does not contain single recipe) but beautifully illustrated guide through American food. Interesting, clear and easy read. I found particularly amusing reading about foods that have Polish roots, like: Bialys (I had no idea what they were until I read this book) or Kolaches in Texas and also discovering completely new to me products such as birch beer, celery tonic or mayhaw jelly.
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This is a book - that's the only positive comment I can make. The other Phaidon books we have are wonderful cookery books with genuine local insight as to the local culinary approaches and techniques. I expected similar this time around but they have put together a dictionary describing what coffee is or mild goats cheese (I was safe in my knowledge that this was a mild cheese made from milk from a goat....!) £20 to tell you nothing. It would be coming back if I hadn't written a personal note in the front. Instead I'm hoping that ebay don't see these reviews. Do not buy - instead look for the more comprehensive and cheaper Oxford English Dictionary......
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Great book! Great price!
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HASH(0x9bc7c564) out of 5 stars Taste of America 14 Feb. 2014
By Gordon Moog - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like to eat, like to cook, or just like history, you'll enjoy this book. It's easy to read since it's one topic per page. But in the dairy section over 20 pages were devoted (wasted) on essentially the same story for each cheese: girl discovers goat; goat gives milk; girl learns to make cheese...well, you get the idea. In addition to being repetitively redundant those pages could have been used to acquaint us with the history of pasta/noodles/etc. a topic which is completely ignored.
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HASH(0x9be573a8) out of 5 stars Good honest information for the buyer 23 July 2014
By Eli Dicklich - Published on Amazon.com
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The book gives us background information about these featured products which we often do not obtain from a label. And then when you try them, you are pleasantly surprised that his opinion is well justified. Good honest information for the buyer.
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HASH(0x9be572ac) out of 5 stars Not what I expected 14 Jan. 2014
By Pamela R. Sall - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought the is would be about places where food might be found and it is, sort of. However, there is no info on restaurants that use the products recommended nor are there sites whereat the product can be ordered. Disappointed.
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HASH(0x9c131edc) out of 5 stars Not a cook book 21 Jan. 2014
By Drew M. - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though when I did the search for cookbooks this book came up, it is not a cookbook and does not have any recipes and that is not very clear from the description.
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