Title: Made in America: A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes
Author: Megan & Colby Garrelts
Pub. Date: April 14th 2015
Source: Andrews McMeel Publishing
This just may be my new favorite cookbook. While I love a wide variety of different cuisines, nothing quite hits home (literally) like good ole Americana. This is a cookbook that takes the classic dishes from the U S of A and introduce modern or new twists, making these recipes both familiar yet something entirely new at the same time.
I really appreciate that this book features bites from all over the United States. There's influence from the Midwest and the South to name a few, giving the collection of recipes a great at-home feel to it. These are all dishes that drum up images of Mom's home cookin' and summers spent outside under the summer sun. Personally, I recommend that foodie fans get this book before 4th of July- there's so many things I'd like to make for the event, and for picnics too.
Speaking of events, I love, love, love, that nestled in this cookbook there's menus included for holidays and special meals to help you organize how to best pair all these lovely new recipes together in a theme. I think this is a really great touch.
This book is largely sorted by technique, making it easy to flip for the perfect dish, but food isn't the only thing in this book. The chefs are people after my own heart, and this book is sprinkled with awesome sounding cocktail recipes. The recipe instructions are step by step and easy to follow, with good descriptions for each step of the cooking process, making it a great book for beginners too. Everything is handmade, from crusts to ice cream bases and even sauces, which is a great thing too. The pictures in this book are stunning and delicious looking, and there's one for nearly every recipe (if not every).
Some of the recipes that I'm most excited to try include Corn Cookies with Milk Jam and Strawberries, Madeira Braised Chicken with Sour Cherries, and Braised Bacon with Bourbon, Raisins, Nuts, and Fried Eggs.
In short, this is a great collection of classic American dishes flipped on their head with innovative new tastes and twists. There's clear instructions and great pictures, making this a good book for both beginners and seasoned cooks alike. It's a great new book for the upcoming summer, and it's one I'll certainly be referencing often.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.