Martha's American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation's Most Treasured Dishes, from Coast to Coast
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38 of 42 found the following review helpful:
A Great Collection of All-American Favorites Apr 24, 2012
By B. G. in S.F.
"B.G. in S.F."
An absolutely gorgeous cookbook-full of beautiful photography (every recipe has an accompanying photograph) and surprisingly simple recipes, many of which have been culled from Martha's extensive archives. What makes this new book special is the clustering of recipes into geographic regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, and West. The book begins, however, with a collection of recipes labeled "All-American" featuring recipes that are part of every American-food lover's list of favorites: Blueberry Pancakes, Meatloaf, Lasagna, Green Bean Casserole, Brownies-and so on. As a resident of California, I recognize many of the recipes from the West, but as a former resident of Texas, I look forward to revisiting the recipes of the Southwest. This book would be a great gift for anyone just starting to live on his/her own, providing them with a basic repertoire of American classics.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Martha's American Food May 13, 2012
I've had this cookbook less than a week and have already made 5 of the recipes - they just get better and better. The pound cake is wonderful (even though it calls for 9 eggs). The tomato soup is delicious. Best brownies I've ever made. Terrific muffins and applesauce everyone raved over. Can't wait to make something else. Highly recommend this cookbook.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
A love letter to America Jun 18, 2012
By Whitney F.
This book is just wonderful. It's divided into six sections: All-American, Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, and West. The first section features classic American dishes such as potato salad, roast turkey, and apple pie. As another reviewer mentioned, these recipes are perfect for when you need to "bring something" to a potluck. The rest of the sections are filled with classic regional dishes, streamlined for the home kitchen. Most of the recipes feature entertaining "back stories" detailing the history of the dish. These insights--combined with the spotlight on regional ingredients (from Maine's blueberries to Alaska's salmon)--make this book feel like a love letter to classic American cooking. Even where updates and substitutions have been made, the spirit of the original recipes has been preserved, not reinvented.
So far I have made the mashed potatoes (All-American), chicken fried steak with gravy (Southwest), pecan cheese ball (Midwest), and buckeyes (Midwest). All were easy to prepare and used ingredients that were readily available to me (many already in my pantry). And they were delicious! The pictures accompanying each recipe are a nice bonus, particularly for some of the regional dishes that I've never seen before.
If I have one complaint it would be that there seem to be a disproportionately large number of seafood recipes. Living in Kansas, high-quality fresh seafood can be very difficult to find. But it's good to know that if I ever do come across some of these ingredients in my local grocery store, there will be a simple, reliable recipe waiting for me at home.
11 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Solid authentic Regional American dishes Jul 06, 2012
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Martha Stewart has compiled recipes from various regions in America. The books is exactly what it says, American Food. There is nothing terribly forward or unique, this is a good solid collection of well researched recipes.
The book is laid out by region, so there isn't a meat chapter, dessert chapter, etc. However, the table of contents is excellent so this isn't a problem.
Each recipe is accompanied by a picture and a small sideboard that tells about the region and recipe. The recipes are laid out really well, ingredients and directions are clear and precise.
We have lived in various regions of the US, from Newport RI to New Orleans, El Paso, Va Beach, Il, and I can say that the recipes presented in this book are a good representation of the food we ate in various parts of the country.
If you're looking for good solid recipes from different regions of the US, a little food history, and rock solid recipes, Martha's Amer4ican food will be a great addition to your cookbook collection.
13 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Delicious Americana Apr 27, 2012
This book is wonderful...it contains a picture for every recipe which I really appreciate. There are many classic dishes that I can see myself referring back to time and time again. Some of these recipes were included in past MSL publications , but I enjoy having this consolidated volume to reference when I feel like good old American comfort food. Definitely a worthwhile purchase as it is useful and beautiful.
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