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One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking: 600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs by Molly O'Neill

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  • PinchOfSalt on August 22, 2015

    This appears to be the Kindle edition of this title. The page count matches.

  • robm on December 14, 2010

    A wonderful exposition of American cooking today. Researched across the country, the book has excellent recipes from all parts of the U.S.A. I was particularly pleased to see numerous great recipes from the Midwest (where I live) which tends to get "flown-over" by cookbook writers based on the coasts. Rest assured, there is lots of good cooking in the middle of the country, too!

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  • Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan

    Molly has not just collected recipes from every nook and cranny, farmer, teacher, preacher and maven from all over America, but listened to their stories and passed them along to us.

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  • Culinate

    As this brilliantly edited collection shows on every page, the glories of a home-cooked meal prove how every generation has enriched and expanded our idea of American food.

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  • Fine Cooking

    It would take one big cookbook indeed to capture the richness of the American table, but with this colossal tome...O’Neill pulls it off. In every recipe...memory & nostalgia are essential ingredients.

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  • ISBN 10 0743232704
  • ISBN 13 9780743232708
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  • Published Nov 16 2010
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 864
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster

Publishers Text

Ten years ago, former New York Times food columnist Molly O'Neill embarked on a transcontinental road trip to investigate reports that Americans had stopped cooking at home. As she traveled highways, dirt roads, bayous, and coastlines gathering stories and recipes, it was immediately apparent that dire predictions about the end of American cuisine were vastly overstated. From Park Avenue to trailer parks, from tidy suburbs to isolated outposts, home cooks were channeling their family histories as well as their tastes and personal ambitions into delicious meals. One decade and over 300,000 miles later, One Big Table is a celebration of these cooks, a mouthwatering portrait of the nation at the table.

Meticulously selected from more than 20,000 contributions, the cookbook's 600 recipes are a definitive portrait of what we eat and why. In this lavish volume—illustrated throughout with historic photographs, folk art, vintage advertisements, and family snapshots—O'Neill celebrates heirloom recipes like the Doughty family's old-fashioned black duck and dumplings that originated on a long-vanished island off Virginia's Eastern Shore, the Pueblo tamales that Norma Naranjo makes in her horno in New Mexico, as well as modern riffs such as a Boston teenager's recipe for asparagus soup scented with nigella seeds and truffle oil. Many recipes offer a bridge between first-generation immigrants and their progeny—the bucatini with dandelion greens and spring garlic that an Italian immigrant and his grandson forage for in the Vermont woods—while others are contemporary variations that embody each generation's restless obsession with distinguishing itself from its predecessors. O'Neill cooks with artists, writers, doctors, truck drivers, food bloggers, scallop divers, horse trainers, potluckers, and gourmet club members.

In a world where takeout is just a phone call away, One Big Table reminds us of the importance of remaining connected to the food we put on our tables. As this brilliantly edited collection shows on every page, the glories of a home-cooked meal prove how every generation has enriched and expanded our idea of American food. Every recipe in this book is a testament to the way our memories—historical, cultural, and personal—are bound up in our favorite and best family dishes.

As O'Neill writes, "Most Americans cook from the heart as well as from a distinctly American yearning, something I could feel but couldn't describe until thousands of miles of highway helped me identify it in myself: hometown appetite. This book is a journey through hundreds of 'hometowns' that fuel the American appetite, recipe by recipe, bite by bite."

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