This Cookbook Aims to Capture a Snapshot of American Food

Cover art is designed by  Jessica Hische

Cover art is designed by Jessica Hische

The United States has a truly diverse food scene.

Not only are we lucky enough to be in a country that has fostered a creative epicenter with resources that help both chefs and amateur cooks specialize in different culinary areas (from seafood and barbecue, to forging and plant-based cooking), but we are also known as a nation of immigrants, full of people with different backgrounds, traditions, and palettes.

Joe Yonan, the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food & Dining editor of “The Washington Post,” set out to capture a snapshot of America and what better way to do this, than through food?

In Yonan’s introduction to the book, he states: “...when we ask the question, ‘What is American food?’ we might as well be asking, ‘What is America?’ Because the answer is every bit as complex...”

Well, the outcome was America The Great Cookbook.

The West Texas-native decided to ask America’s best chefs a personal question: What do you cook for the people you love?

The cookbook, which will go on sale the last day of October, will feature recipes and stories from over 100 food personalities, producers and home cooks representing all 50 states.

Many of the chefs are actually featured in our Chef’s Alliance list, including:

  • Mario Batali; with a Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese Gnudi recipe. “When I’m making something for the people I love, I want to choose something that is easy and fun, so that I can spend time with them rather than cooking…,” said Batali about why he decided to feature that dish in the cookbook.
  • Rick Bayless; with an Enchiladas Verdes recipe.
  • Marcus Samuelsson; with a Fried Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles recipe.
  • Mindy Segal; with a Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Krinkles recipe. “...I always say chocolate is a legal drug because it’s euphoric and very sensual. It’s sexy. Chocolate is sexy,” says Segal about why she decided to share that dessert in the cookbook.
  • Ana Sortun; with a Stuffed Romanesco with Chorizo recipe.

The book is currently available on Amazon for pre-sale and some of the proceeds will help the No Kid Hungry organization connect kids with at least 200,000 meals.