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Overview

What could be a more fun and delicious way to celebrate American culture than through the lore of our favorite foods? That's what John T. Edge does in his smart, witty, and compulsively readable new series on the dishes everyone thinks their mom made best. If these are the best-loved American foods-ones so popular they've come to represent us-what does that tell us about ourselves? And what do the history of the dish and the regional variations reveal?

There are few aspects of life that carry more emotional weight and symbolism than food, and in writing about our food icons, Edge gives us a warm and wonderful portrait of America -by way of our taste buds. After all, "What is patriotism, but nostalgia for the foods of our youth?" as a Chinese philosopher once asked.

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Follow food writer Edge, whose work has been featured in Gourmet and Saveur magazines, as he eats his way across the United States in a charming new series that "celebrates America's iconic foods." Part travelog, part cookbook, part social history, and part lore, these first two entries explore the origins of fried chicken and apple pie and their importance in American culture. Through visits to local restaurants, festivals, and farm stands, Edge met cooks and bakers who shared their secrets and provided stories and recipes about these foods that are rich in American tradition. A Southerner, he looks past his region for an explanation of our connections to certain foods; in Fried Chicken, he examines traditional preparation while exploring the fried chicken that recent immigrants prepare, such as Italian American fried chicken courtesy of an Indian immigrant living in Chicago and Serbian American fried chicken prepared in Ohio. In Apple Pie, he travels across the country, collecting 15 recipes for pie along the way-all of which are included. Forthcoming titles in this series include Donuts, Hamburgers, and French Fries. Witty and entertaining, these two volumes are highly recommended.-Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399152153
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Edge, whose work has appeared in Gourmet and Saveur and has been featured in Best Food Writing for the last three years, is also the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. His many books include the James Beard Award- nominated cookbook A Gracious Plenty, and he is a finalist for the 2004 M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : in pie we trust 1
1 Fruit stand death march 13
2 Blinded by irony 25
3 Mystery of the frigid digits 35
4 Tootie Feagan's four-pound pie 43
5 Deep-fried indemnity 53
6 Hail Senor Pie, king of the truck stop 63
7 A man and his pie 73
8 Freezer case piejinks 83
9 The jewel in God's pocket 93
10 Apple pie oddments 103
11 What it means to be fluent in cider 111
12 The Marlborough (wo)man 119
13 Taking liberties 129
14 To hell with Tarte Tatin! 139
Coda : of pie I sing 147
Ciphering pi(e) : thoughts on technique, ingredients, and equipment & my little black book of pie 151
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