I received this book for free from Netgalley for review consideration, opinions expressed are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk. Purchases from these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you.Taste of Home Recipes Across America Cookbook by Taste of Home
Published by Reader's Digest
Publication Date: Sept. 12, 2013
Genres: Cooking, Nonfiction
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Delicious, close-up photos will make you want to dive into this cookbook and cook your way across America's best food.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Whether sinking your teeth into crispy Southern Fried Chicken, enjoying a Philly Cheese Steak or sampling a slice of Ozark Mountain Berry Pie, you simply can’t beat the comfort of iconic American foods. Now, it’s easier than ever to sample the flavors of the country with Taste of Home Recipes Across America.
This keepsake collection offers 655 recipes that deliver regional flair from all 50 states. Grill up a fiery Southwestern barbecue, stir together a little Texas Caviar, host a New England clam bake or share a Chicago deep dish pizza! You’ll find everything from no-fuss snacks and quick supper ideas to weekend menu items and impressive desserts each of which left a delicious mark on its part of the country!
Divided into five regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest and West), Recipes Across America offers all the mouthwatering specialties enjoyed by locals, including unforgettable dishes featuring regional produce. You’ll even discover ethnic favorites passed-down through generations of cultures who established roots in various cities throughout the nation.
As a bonus, you’ll enjoy fun food facts and folklore sprinkled throughout the pages. (For example, did you know that Chef George Crum of Saratoga, NY is rumored to have created the potato chip after a customer complained about the chef’s fried potatoes?) There are even colorful photos and notes regarding regional landmarks, infamous restaurants and more.
With so many recipes, photos and kitchen tidbits, Taste of Home Recipes Across America makes it a snap to take your senses on a culinary vacation you’ll cherish for years to come.
NORTHEAST: New England Boiled Dinner, Pennsylvania Dutch Pork Chops, Maple Syrup Corn Bread, Vermont Baked Beans, Brooklyn Blackout Cake, Joe Froggers
SOUTH: Barbecued Sticky Ribs, Bourbon Baked Ham, Low Country Boil, Andouille-Shrimp Cream Soup, Pimiento Cheese Spread, Hummingbird Cake, Southern Sweet Potato Pie, Benne Wafers
MIDWEST: Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza, Rolled Swedish Pancakes, Howard’s Sauerbraten, Beer Margaritas, Kansas Whole Wheat Bread, State Fair Cream Puffs, Lemon Kolaches
SOUTHWEST: Sizzling Tex-Mex Fajitas, Chicken Tamales, Award-Winning Chuck Wagon Chili, Armadillo Eggs, Daiquiris, Texas Caviar, Chunky Fresh Mango Cake, Mexican Ice Cream
WEST: Pacific Rim Salmon, Pork with Artichokes and Capers, Plum Chicken Wraps, Baked Potato Cheddar Soup, California Sushi Rolls, Champagne Cocktail, Habanero Apricot Jam, Sourdough French Bread, Hawaiian Cake, Wyoming Cowboy Cookies
With this collection the country is yours from coast to coast. You can plan a Southern summertime barbecue, feed hungry hands with Tex-Mex, enjoy the silky smoothness of maple syrup pie, have a German feast for Okoberfest, juicy fruits from the Pacific Northwest or a Classic Cobb Salad. Enjoy!
For 20 years, Taste of Home has been the world’s most popular cooking publication. Through the pages of the flagship magazine, popular cookbooks and online community, Taste of Home offers a friendly exchange of family-favorite recipes, cooking tips and personal stories from genuine home cooks. Because professional food staff tests and evaluates every recipe in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, readers are guaranteed success every time.”
My family has been collecting Taste of Home magazines and cookbooks ever since we got married. We share the recipes, trade the cookbooks and just about every holiday has multiple Taste of Home recipes on our family’s table, like Mandarin Pork Roast at Easter, Fruit Marshmallow Salad at Christmas, the French Banana or Pumpkin Pancakes for holiday brunch and the Cranberry Gelatin Salad for Thanksgiving. I have about 2 years worth of the magazines and the Slow Cooker cookbook is well loved and well used! So many Taste of Home recipes end up into my family favorites cookbook that I made for each household in our growing family.
So when I had the opportunity to review Taste of Home’s newest cookbook on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance. I love the close-up photos of each dish and the stories from each contributor on the importance of the recipe to their family. The pictures really helps attract my little ones eyes as they help me choose which dishes to make. It gets us all excited about food and cooking together. The recipes are simple, tasty and typically use easy to find ingredients.
Perusing this book had me excited to cook regional favorites, like Philly Steaks, Maple Syrup Corn Bread, Fajitas, Bourbon Ham, Hummingbird Cake, Habanero Apricot Jam and Sweet Potato Pie (ok the Beer Margaritas, Champagne Cocktail and Mexican Fried Ice Cream too). What I found unique about this Taste of Home cookbook is there were also photos and notes about the cities and landmarks in the region. These cookbooks make great gifts, I know I would be happy if I got one!
Based on my prior experience with Taste of Home’s cookbooks, I will give this cookbook a 4 rating though I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet. I am sure out of 512 pages of home cooked goodness, I am bound to find many more wonderful dishes to add to our family favorites cookbook.
What are your favorite cookbooks? What are you looking forward to eating during the holidays? What are your traditional family holiday dishes? Happy reading and delicious eating!