Martha's American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation's Most Treasured Dishes, from Coast to Coast by Martha Stewart

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Notes about this book

  • robm on July 05, 2012

    Martha gets on my nerves, but I have to admit that this is an excellent book -- it covers the range of American and regional classics with well-thought-out recipes and attractive illustrations. This would be a good book to give as a gift to an overseas visitor (or for visitors to buy for themselves) if they like American foods and want to reproduce them at home! The recipes aren't extreme, but designed to produce good, flavorful results, even for homey comfort food favorites like tuna and noodles, green bean casserole or meat loaf! But the book includes appealing recipes for chowders and stews, Southwestern favorites, Southern classics, and more. Good job, Martha!

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Blueberry crisp

    • debrakp on July 23, 2014

      The crisp topping was delicious and stayed crisp for several days. Next time I will add a bit more cornstarch, since the filling was a bit soupy.

  • Corned beef and cabbage

    • vickster on March 18, 2013

      Made with already cured brisket. Pretty basic recipe, but like the way vegetables are cooked separately. Meat comes out very tender.

  • Classic potato salad

    • Kfaber on September 15, 2013

      A solid traditional potato salad but was lacking a bit in flavor

  • Buckeye candies

    • Kfaber on September 15, 2013

      My favorite version of this treat- so light and they melt in your mouth

  • Red and green cabbage slaw with bacon

    • meggan on April 13, 2020

      Simple and yummy. Pretty for Easter.

  • Mushroom-and-bacon dip

    • babyfork on September 30, 2015

      It's been a long time since I made this for a party, but it must have been good. Mushrooms, bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, etc? Need to try again.

  • Skillet cornbread

    • trmarvin on January 13, 2019

      Perfect and easy to throw in the oven while you make the rest of the meal.

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Reviews about this book

  • Kitchn

    This cookbook just makes me happy. Here's a cookbook for rediscovering favorites and finding a few new ones. You can literally cook your way from one coast to the other.

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  • Oregonian

    ... has put a "fresh, modern" spin on the recipes, for the most part they remain true to their roots. This is very much simple, honest home cooking, not chef-y food, and we find that refreshing.

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  • Huffington Post

    Martha celebrates the unique character of each part of the country and gathers, in one place, the recipes that will surely please your family and friends for generations to come.

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  • ISBN 10 0307405087
  • ISBN 13 9780307405081
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Apr 24 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 432
  • Language English
  • Countries United States

Publishers Text

In this beautiful volume, a love letter to American food, Martha Stewart, who has so significantly influenced the American table, collects her most favorite national dishes, as well as the stories and traditions behind them. These are recipes that will delight you with nostalgia, inspire you, and teach you about our nation by way of its regions and their distinctive flavors. Above all, these are time-honored recipes that you will turn to again and again.

Organized geographically, the 200 recipes in Martha’s American Food include main dishes such as comforting Chicken Pot Pies, easy Grilled Fish Tacos, irresistible Barbecued Ribs, and hearty New England Clam Chowder. Here, too, are thoroughly modern starters, sides, and one-dish meals that harness the bounty of each region’s seasons and landscape: Hot Crab Dip, Tequila-Grilled Shrimp, Indiana Succotash, Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Whitefish, and Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Meyer Lemon, Arugula, and Pistachios. And you will want to leave room for dessert, with dozens of treats such as Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie, New York Cheesecake, and Peach and Berry Cobbler.

Through sidebars about the flavors that define each region and stunning photography that brings the foods—and the places with which we identify them—to life, Martha celebrates the unique character of each part of the country. With all the dishes that inspire pride in our national cuisine, Martha’s American Food gathers, in one place, the recipes that will surely please your family and friends for generations to come. 

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