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As American as apple pie : and 49 other delicious national treasures
Corn, Elaine.
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Roseville, Calif. : Prima, [2002]

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xii, 147 pages ; 19 cm
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Delicious All-American Recipes What's your favorite all-American comfort food? Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie? Barbecued ribs and potato salad? Chili and cornbread? Whatever your preference, you'll find it inside these pages. Award-winning cookbook author Elaine Corn has gathered 50 of America's most popular recipes and presented each of them with easy-to-follow directions and the stories behind these nostalgic foods. For instance, legend has it that the American hamburger had its humble beginning from Jewish immigrants who sailed the Hamburg line in the 1850s and combined their preserved, smoked meat with soaked breadcrumbs and onion. Over time, we adapted this into a broiled patty on a sliced bun. And is it possible that strawberry shortcake may be the delicious result of Native Americans showing colonists how to bake indigenous strawberries into cornbread? Although we may never know who first stirred onion soup mix into sour cream, we do know that another one of America's favorite snacks is really named after a man called "Nacho." Each of America's favorite recipes has a great story behind it, and many have been all-around enjoyable for hundreds of years Keeping them alive are Americans like us, folks who are always happy to savor a meal containing some of our nation's soul. What do mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf (Mom's, of course), and pecan pie have in common? They're American to the core. But America's favorite recipes are more than just famous and delicious comfort foods. They're packed with history, legend, and lore; conjecture and anecdote; and outright gossip. Inside, you'll discover 50 foolproof recipes selected for their overwhelming familiarity in American homes and restaurants, including: ·New England Clam Chowder ·Caesar Salad ·San Francisco Sourdough Bread ·Fried Chicken and Cream Gravy ·New York Cheesecake ·Chocolate Chip Cookies ·And many, many more! These pages reveal how famous restaurants created signature dishes that are now beloved favorites. This is where you get the lowdown on how Eggs Benedict became associated with Delmonico's in New York, who made the first Cobb Salad at the Brown Derby in Hollywood, and why Oysters Rockefeller saved the day at Antoine's in New Orleans.

Author Notes

Elaine Corn is a food writer, cooking teacher, recipe developer, and awardwinning cookbook author. Her book Now You're Cooking won the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Julia Child Cookbook Award and the James Beard Foundation's James Beard Award for the Best General Cookbook of 1994. Formerly the food editor at the Sacramento Bee, she lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, chef David SooHoo.

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School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Corn provides brief, entertaining narratives on the origins of some staples of American cuisine, with comments such as, "if you like baked beans, thank the devout Puritans." Teens will enjoy the simplicity of the dishes and the clarity of the instructions. There are recipes for appetizers; breads; stews; soups; a holiday roast turkey with trimmings; down-home picnic fare (fried chicken, cole slaw); and a cornucopia of desserts. There aren't any pictures, but the text, palatable from start to finish, provides enough substance to make this a bon book for YAs.-Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Buffalo Chicken Wingsp. 2
Oysters Rockefellerp. 4
California Onion Dipp. 7
Artichokes and Dipp. 12
Guacamolep. 16
Deviled Eggsp. 18
Nachosp. 21
Salsa and Chipsp. 23
Jell-O Moldsp. 26
Granolap. 29
Biscuitsp. 31
Eggs Benedictp. 33
Breakfast Smoothiep. 36
Cole Slawp. 38
Potato Saladp. 40
Caesar Saladp. 42
Cobb Saladp. 44
New England Clam Chowderp. 47
Gumbop. 50
Cioppinop. 54
Pizzap. 57
Catfish and Hush Puppiesp. 61
San Francisco Sourdough Breadp. 64
Fried Chicken and Cream Gravyp. 70
Roast Turkey and Gravyp. 73
Cornbread and Oyster Dressingp. 77
Cranberry Saucep. 79
Chilip. 81
Skillet Cornbreadp. 84
Hamburgerp. 86
Meatloafp. 89
T-Bone Steakp. 91
London Broilp. 94
Barbecuep. 96
Chop Sueyp. 99
French Friesp. 101
Baked Beansp. 103
Macaroni and Cheesep. 105
Pasta Primaverap. 107
Mashed Potatoesp. 109
Apple Piep. 112
Pumpkin Piep. 116
Lemon Meringue Piep. 118
Pecan Piep. 121
New York Cheesecakep. 123
Peach Cobblerp. 126
Banana Puddingp. 129
Strawberry Shortcakep. 132
Hot Fudge Sundaep. 135
Chocolate Chip Cookiesp. 139
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 143