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susieq's picture

Help!!  I have a great friend in England who fell in love with my copy of James Beard's American Cookery.  I would like to give her a good American cookbook and I'm looking for some input into what everyone thinks is a good traditional American cookbook.  She's a pretty good cook and would like to add some American classics to her repetoire.   Susieq

deejeh's picture

(post #62645, reply #1 of 6)

If you're looking for contemporary classic, you could do way worse than New American Cooking, which has wonderful recipes.  Otherwise, what about the Gourmet cookbook - although many of the recipes are international, they certainly have an American interpretation.


Gretchen's picture

(post #62645, reply #2 of 6)

I can't find Shoechick's (I think) post just today saying the Cooking New American was half price on Amazon.  Even less than that--$11.98 with free shipping (if you buy $25).  Got it for Christmas for children.  That is like free.



Thanks for the heads up!!

Edited 7/20/2005 7:32 am ET by GRETCHEN

Marcia's picture

(post #62645, reply #3 of 6)

If you're looking for traditional American fare, I have two favorites - Betty Fussell's, I Hear America Cooking and Sauver Cooks Authentic American. Fussell's book is an especially good read, and both books are overviews of regional American cookery.

Edited 7/20/2005 9:41 am ET by Marcia

Adele's picture

(post #62645, reply #4 of 6)

Why not start with the James Beard one since she liked it?   I ditto the FC Cooking New America.  ALso Sheila Lukins has an American cookbook too.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Ricks503's picture

(post #62645, reply #5 of 6)

I always liked the Frugal Gourmet american cookbooks - maybe not the person but the recipes are good and you can get some nice classics.

1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1



" There'll be no living with her now" - Captain Jack Sparrow

susieq's picture

(post #62645, reply #6 of 6)

My recently married niece already scarfed up all my Frugal Gourmet books!  I've been clearing out a lot of books to give away and she lit up like a Christmas tree and took first dibs!!