This Cookbook Aims to Capture a Snapshot of American Food

This Cookbook Aims to Capture a Snapshot of American Food

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.

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Which Chefs Are One Stir Ahead? The Top 100 Social Chefs of 2016

Some chefs are just focused on getting through the rush, but other chefs have bigger fish to fry. There are culinary masterminds who rise above their title and show us all that the word "chef" isn't a noun — "Chef" is a verb, an action, and a state of being in a game-changing pursuit to live out a life of passion and to elevate the standards of their calling.


But succeeding as a chef is more than about choosing the right ingredients for a dish or mastering cooking techniques in the kitchen. As technology and social media are transforming the foodservice industry, the "Social Chef" has become the new phenomenon. Through the use of major media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, chefs are connecting with their visually-driven consumers in a whole new way. These chefs have become their own brand.

From the East Coast to the West Coast, from the North to the South, whether their specialties lie in European or Asian cuisine, the Top 100 Social Chefs 2016 Report features the top-performing U.S. chefs in the digital space. And no, this ranking is not handpicked by editors. The annual Top 100 Social Chefs list is based on core social and consumer data, analyzed by Foodable Labs. This year, each chef's score was determined by a 300-point system measuring food sentiment, service, and engagement. 

About the Report

The data for the Top 100 Social Chefs 2016 Report is powered through the industry's largest foodservice- and chef-focused social data analysis platform, the Restaurant Social Media Index, and Foodable Labs. More than 200K chefs and 220MM global restaurant consumers are analyzed across over 500K foodservice locations, providing unfiltered, unstructured, and unbiased feedback.

In this report, along with access to our free, first-ever interactive guide, you will discover:

  • Top 100 U.S. Social Chefs Ranking

  • Breakdown of the Top 10 Social Chefs

  • Region roundup of top-performing chefs

  • Leading culinary trends

  • Leading beverage trends

  • Best digital practices for chefs

  • Exclusive video content

  • And more!

But, Wait...There's More! Welcome to the Chef's Alliance

Along with the Top 100 Social Chefs Report, we're proud to announce the launch of the Chef's Alliance, our newest platform and your guide to the top 1,000 chefs and artisans in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Chefs, pastry chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, sommeliers, baristas, and brewers who are performing at the highest level in their craft and on digital all make up the Chef's Alliance. The guide updates frequently with new profiles and other rich content — be sure to keep up and see how your favorite chefs and artisans scored!