Mario Batali, on the cover in his jaunty, signature orange crocs, welcomes you right into his Big American Cookbook—a collection of treasured and storied dishes from all across the U.S.A.
Mario culls from well known regional traditions, state fair favorites, and family histories to assemble his lineup. The recipes are straightforward and without frills, and no less comforting, rich, tangy, creamy, classic (and all the other good adjectives) for it. There needn't be complicated ingredients and dozens of steps to yield something worth sharing, and Mario shares dish after dish that'll leave your book dog-eared and lovingly splattered.
Blitz a batch of Winchester Beer Cheese (courtesty of Kansas) that gets a punch from cayenne and will be your next no-fail appetizer. Traverse City, Michigan yields face-scrunching Tart Cherry Preserves, that you can slather on Southern Corn Bread (regional mixing is highly encouraged!) Tour all of the barbecues—from vinegar-spiked pulled pork à la the Carolinas to fat-streaked BBQ brisket straight outta Texas, and then a stop in Hawaii, for their Kalua Pork (wherein they bury a pig under ground and smoke it, but you can use your crock pot instead). America's melting pot influence abounds: kimchi, chiles rellenos, sauerkraut, pierogies, and more.
The sweets, the savories, the sandwiches, the soups—they're all here, some old friends and some new. Along with Mario's enthusiastic and warm headnotes, the recipes invite you (and entice you) to stroll the map and sample a little bit of everything. Go ahead and take your time. There's a lot to see (and eat).
Comes with a signed bookplate.
- Size: 8.2"L x 1.6" W x 10" H
- Length: 512 pages
- Author: Mario Batali, Jim Webster
Sourced from: Hachette
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Photography by Rocky Luten.