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The Great American Cookbook: 500 Recipes: Favorite Foods from Every State Hardcover – 11 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; 01 edition (11 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836901
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 6.1 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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By Fiona on 2 May 2014
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Lots of great recipes, clearly written but its all in black and white with no colour pictures which was disappointing.
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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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Interesting book to read for the culinary history, as well as the cookery recipes. Many are a snapshot of the time that it was written, but also a good overview of the variety of American cuisine.
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If you are a recipe history collector then this book is for you! I loved discussing the contents of this book with my American friend. There is nothing like nostalgic cooking. :)
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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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By m.k on 14 Jun. 2014
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Loads of great recipees and ideas. Ingreadients all available in uk.
Food that will blow you away. Tried loads already.
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