One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs

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Ten years ago, former New York Times food columnist Molly O’Neill embarked on a transcontinental road trip to investigate reports that Americans had stopped cooking at home. As she traveled highways, dirt roads, bayous, and coastlines gathering stories and recipes, it was immediately apparent that dire predictions about the end of American cuisine were vastly overstated. From Park Avenue to trailer parks, from tidy suburbs to isolated outposts, home cooks were channeling their family histories as well as their ...

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Ten years ago, former New York Times food columnist Molly O’Neill embarked on a transcontinental road trip to investigate reports that Americans had stopped cooking at home. As she traveled highways, dirt roads, bayous, and coastlines gathering stories and recipes, it was immediately apparent that dire predictions about the end of American cuisine were vastly overstated. From Park Avenue to trailer parks, from tidy suburbs to isolated outposts, home cooks were channeling their family histories as well as their tastes and personal ambitions into delicious meals. One decade and over 300,000 miles later, One Big Table is a celebration of these cooks, a mouthwatering portrait of the nation at the table.

Meticulously selected from more than 20,000 contributions, the cookbook’s 600 recipes are a definitive portrait of what we eat and why. In this lavish volume—illustrated throughout with historic photographs, folk art, vintage advertisements, and family snapshots—O’Neill celebrates heirloom recipes like the Doughty family’s old-fashioned black duck and dumplings that originated on a long-vanished island off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the Pueblo tamales that Norma Naranjo makes in her horno in New Mexico, as well as modern riffs such as a Boston teenager’s recipe for asparagus soup scented with nigella seeds and truffle oil. Many recipes offer a bridge between first-generation immigrants and their progeny—the bucatini with dandelion greens and spring garlic that an Italian immigrant and his grandson forage for in the Vermont woods—while others are contemporary variations that embody each generation’s restless obsession with distinguishing itself from its predecessors. O’Neill cooks with artists, writers, doctors, truck drivers, food bloggers, scallop divers, horse trainers, potluckers, and gourmet club members.

In a world where takeout is just a phone call away, One Big Table reminds us of the importance of remaining connected to the food we put on our tables. As this brilliantly edited collection shows on every page, the glories of a home-cooked meal prove how every generation has enriched and expanded our idea of American food. Every recipe in this book is a testament to the way our memories—historical, cultural, and personal—are bound up in our favorite and best family dishes.

As O’Neill writes, "Most Americans cook from the heart as well as from a distinctly American yearning, something I could feel but couldn’t describe until thousands of miles of highway helped me identify it in myself: hometown appetite. This book is a journey through hundreds of ‘hometowns’ that fuel the American appetite, recipe by recipe, bite by bite."

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"Like your grandma's china armoire that doesn't quite fit into your studio apartment, [One Big Table] is a real treasure. So make room."—Gael Greene

"So many cookbooks these days are more aspirational than inspirational, yet Molly O'Neill keeps it real with loving depictions of what American home cooks are actually making in their kitchens today. As she showcases food from small communities across the country, American cooking starts to look, smell, and taste like what it truly is: a cuisine full of contradictions—'fine and silly, real and fake, wonderful and wonderfully awful, heartfelt, homemade and factory-issued'—and yet, O'Neill writes, 'very much alive.' . . . The recipes, often enriched by history and family lore, make this book a meaningful and personal vehicle for understanding, eating, and ultimately enjoying American home cooking."—Epicurious.com

“[A] foodie’s dream come true…One Big Table is more than a cookbook…It’s a beautiful, impressive gift for cooks and non-cooking foodies alike.”—BlogCritics.org

One Big Table—what a beautiful way to talk about the richness and diversity of American food! It brings us all to an important, soulful place.”—Alice Waters, author of In the Green Kitchen and The Art of Simple Food

" Only a writer with O'Neill’s energy, smarts and big Midwestern heart could locate and present, recipe by recipe, the soul of American cuisine and provide this rich, varied and indispensible resource."—Ethan Becker, co-author of The Joy of Cooking with Marion Becker and Irma Rombauer

"Recipe by recipe, Molly O'Neill has assembled a portrait of America at the table, and the best part is, we're all invited to pull up a chair. One Big Table is an exuberant, generous book, a celebration of the foods we love to eat, from Debby Morse's Ranch Dressing to Marya and Otis Baron's Dilly Beans with Thai Chiles, Mrs. Sun’s Braised New Year’s Sea Bass, and Ed Behr's Baked Maple Custard. I'll take one of everything."—Molly Wizenberg,author of A Homemade Life

“Part cookbook, part documentary, Molly O’Neill’s One Big Table is an accurate snapshot of America and highlights the unforgettable threads that make its culinary tapestry complete. While Molly opens a window to our past, she also offers undeniable proof that our definition of “American Cuisine” is constantly evolving.”—Thomas Keller, chef, The French Laundry, and author of The French Laundry Cookbook and Ad Hoc At Home

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594489207
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

For a decade, Molly O'Neill was the food columnist for The New York Times Magazine and the host of the PBS series Great Food. Her work has appeared in many national magazines, and she is the author of three cookbooks, including the award-winning The New York Cookbook. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    THE BEST COOKING IN AMERICA

    Host of the PBS series Great Food, a long time food columnist for the New York Times Magazine, and the author of two acclaimed cookbooks Molly O'Neill is someone who not only knows food but loves and appreciates it. Thus, as we read in the introduction it concerned her when she realized that "...my colleagues and other members of the food cognoscenti began to talk about the end of American home cooking." In fact, this was such a distressing premise to her that she began to seriously consider the situation. She did more than consider - O'Neill embarked on a program of extensive research which would have her first talking with people and then in 2001 she traveled to various geographic locations throughout the country, and finally she wrote and cooked. The result became ONE BIG TABLE, 600 Recipes From The Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs.

    This has undoubtedly been a herculean task for O'Neill but also a labor of love, which is evident in everyone she introduces, each story she tells, and all the recipes she presents. If ONE BIG TABLE were but a stand alone cookbook it would be a keeper, a comprehensive guide beginning with "Nibbles, Noshes, and Tasty Little Plates" to "Steaming Bowls: Soups, Chowders and Other Consolations" through fish and poultry to "Everything but the Squeal: Beef, Buffalo, Game, Lamb, and Pork: then closing, of course, with "The Sweet Life," desserts in all their glory.

    However, ONE BIG TABLE is more than a cookbook that deserves a place in every kitchen, it is a tribute to the ethnicity of our population and a testament to our history as recipes have been passed down from one generation to the next. Beautifully illustrated and served with numerous anecdotes it is a culinary masterpiece.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    An incredible book - worth every dollar and more

    Bought this book for myself for Christmas. It has everything in it that I love about a good cookbook. I love cookbooks that I can read as well as cook from. (I spend a lot more time reading them actually than cooking from them.) The recipes will be wonderful to try and it will take me literally hours to read through all the headnotes. The stories are incredible so far. I am savoring every page. I have already tried one of the recipes, the sumi salad. Some how I must have missed this dish at potlucks because it appears to be popular on the web. We literally could not stop eating it, it was soooo good. Beautifully done, great photos and great stories. Molly O'Neill must have had just the best time putting this book together.

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