Title: Eating Appalachia: Rediscovering Regional American Flavors
Author: Darrin Nordahl
Pub. Date: June 1st 2015
Source: Chicago Review Press
Book Description via Goodreads:
It's no secret by this point that I love food. I especially love learning about American cuisines, and the Appalachian region is one that I knew next to nothing about. Thanks to Eating Appalachia I can proudly say I learned a lot more!
I should start out by saying that this book isn't a cookbook. It does feature some recipes, but it is way more informative about the region and the local ingredients than it is a list of things to make. This is more for those who are interested in immersing themselves completely by studying, learning, and cooking all at the same time.
The book starts with a handy dandy little map of what is considered to be "Appalachia" as well as a pretty lengthy introduction to American ingredients. It's divided into sections: Albany, Ohio; Richwood, West Virginia; Prestonburg, Kentucky; Cairo, West Virginia; Cherokee, North Carolina; Colfax, North Carolina, and the epilogue.
This book is really vibrant. That is, each section is filled with nice little stories about life in that particular area of the United States. There's also a ton of information about some ingredients that are used here in the USA but are not necessarily well known about. For example, I learned a lot about the pawpaw fruit, which to be honest I only knew about from "The Jungle Book" cartoon. I really learned a lot more than I expected, which is pretty cool.
Each recipe that is included has a little description. The preparations are pretty short, and are written in paragraphs instead of steps which I imagine could get a bit confusing after awhile. This book doesn't just include recipes for food, but drinks such as "Pawpaw Whiskey Sours" as well. I really liked that drinks were included. There's also plenty of pictures!
Some of the recipes that I'd most like to try include Pan-Fried Squirrel with Squirrel Gravy, Chianti-Braised Elk Stew, and Seared Scallops in a Pawpaw Buerre Blanc.
I'd recommend this to food lovers, those looking for a slice of Americana, or just looking for a few unique recipes.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.