Jamie's America

Jamie's America

Book - 2010
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The incredible diversity in American cooking was a real revelation to me. So although I went looking for "quintessential American food," my conclusion is that there is no such thing; instead there's a huge wealth of seriously exciting dishes.

Many of us outside of America may think we already know all there is to know about it from movies or the occasional holiday, but the truth is that this doesn't even scratch the surface. In many ways, the country is still a bit of a mystery to us. This trip was my chance to explore the ingredients, food culture, and traditions within this incredible country.

I felt that I knew cities like New York and Los Angeles pretty well, but this time I ventured beyond the neighborhoods I was familiar with and into areas better known for their immigrant communities. I was rewarded with some of the most incredible food I've ever tasted.

The story was the same when I moved beyond the big cities. Whether it was Creole cooking in Louisiana or soul food in Georgia, the Mexican influences in Arizona or the hearty cowboy cuisine of Big Sky Country, every place I went had its unique treasures.

I came back with more recipes than I knew what to do with, and although it was tough, I managed to narrow this book down to 120 of my absolute favorites. These are my takes on some of the best food I came across, as well as a few things I made up along the way. I hope you enjoy them, and maybe even discover new and inspiring sides to America you've never seen before. Enjoy!
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9781401323608
Characteristics: 359 p. :,chiefly ill. (mainly col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.) ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Loftus, David


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Jan 29, 2014

I found this book quite hilarious. Jamie is astounded by pumpkin pie and hush puppies. He "totally" understands the Black experience after a afternoon meal with a black family. He gets a deep understanding of the First Nations people after spending two days with some Navajo: he then gives some "authentic' Navajo recipes using extra virgin olive oil. He buys a complete "cowboy" outfit and goes to a dude ranch, where again he now completely understands the western experience. He keeps putting his spin on recipes and then saying they are totally authentic. Some of the recipes aren't bad but the commentary will make you giggle.

filliter Mar 27, 2013

The recipes are wonderful (try the lime cheesecake!) but many of the Mexican ingredients are very hard to find in the GTA.

Jun 24, 2012

This book is more about Jamie Oliver the celebrity, and the marketing of him, than it is about food. If you can't get your fill of the bloke you're in for a treat, it's pig-out time.

Nov 25, 2011

Reading cookbooks is a passion of mine as is trying out the recipes. Jamie Oliver makes this so easy to combine recipes from all corners of the USA. Highly recommend this book!

Jan 22, 2011

How can you not love Jamie Oliver?! His enthusiasm shines throughout this book. His ability to extract enormous flavor from humble ingredients, and his respect for home cooks everywhere is definitely refreshing and inspiring. Not all of the recipes in the book were my cup of tea, but I loved how the book itself conveyed the feeling of a cross country road trip -sort of Route 66ish. The book is beautifully published and reminded me of an old fashioned scrapbook.
Most importantly, the NY cheesecake recipe worked like a charm!

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Feb 03, 2014

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