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As American as apple pie : and 49 other…
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As American as apple pie : and 49 other delicious national treasures

by Elaine Corn

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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.… (more)

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