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The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South

The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South

by Paul Knipple, Angela Knipple
The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South

The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South

by Paul Knipple, Angela Knipple


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Paul and Angela Knipple's culinary tour of the contemporary American South celebrates the flourishing of global food traditions "down home." Drawing on the authors' firsthand interviews and reportage from Richmond to Mobile and enriched by a cornucopia of photographs and original recipes, the book presents engaging, poignant profiles of a host of first-generation immigrants from all over the world who are cooking their way through life as professional chefs, food entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, and home cooks.
Beginning the tour with an appreciation of the South's foundational food traditions--including Native American, Creole, African American, and Cajun--the Knipples tell the fascinating stories of more than forty immigrants who now call the South home. Not only do their stories trace the continuing evolution of southern foodways, they also show how food is central to the immigrant experience. For these skillful, hardworking immigrants, food provides the means for both connecting with the American dream and maintaining cherished ethnic traditions. Try Father Vien's Vietnamese-style pickled mustard greens, Don Felix's pork ribs, Elizabeth Kizito's Ugandan-style plantains in peanut sauce, or Uli Bennevitz's creamy beer soup and taste the world without stepping north of the Mason-Dixon line.

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ISBN-13: 9780807869963
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 296
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Paul and Angela Knipple, natives of Memphis, are freelance food writers and longtime members of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Paul Knipple, native of Memphis, is a freelance food writer and long-time member of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Angela Knipple, native of Memphis, is a freelance food writer and long-time member of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Table of Contents

Foreword John T. Edge ix

Preface: We Are All from Somewhere Else xi

Introduction: Keepers of the Flame 1

Part I Seeking The American Dream

1 Mexico: Up by the Bootstraps 17

2 Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic: Refugees, Politics, and the Plate 35

3 Kurds: A People without a Country 59

Part II Living the American Dream

4 Central and South America: Family 75

5 Vietnam: Community 102

6 Bosnia: Extended Community 118

7 The Indian Subcontinent: Feeding the Technology Boom 133

8 Japan and South Korea: Blue Collars and Bluefin 153

Part III Bringing Tradition to the Table

9 China: The Secret Menu 173

10 Kosher and Halal: Keeping the Faith in the Land of Pork 192

11 Europe: Haute Cuisine and Double Standards? 213

12 Africa: Returning from Gumbo to N'gombo 236

Afterword 253

Suggested Reading 255

Acknowledgments 257

Index of Recipes 259

General Index 261

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A marvelous collection of portraits and stories from the field. Paul and Angela Knipple show that change is in the wind and that the South in particular seems to be welcoming and incorporating these new ways into its old menus.—John Egerton, author of Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History

Let fastidious foodies whine that American food isn't what it used to be. Paul and Angela Knipple celebrate the delicious truth that the fare of our nation—in this case, the South—indeed is always changing and incalculably enriched by new dishes brought by immigrants from around the world.—Jane and Michael Stern,

Through engaging stories and meticulous documentation, the Knipples prove that Southern food is a melting pot unto itself, a unique and exciting food culture spiked with influences that extend far beyond the Mason-Dixon line and incorporate the best flavors from around the world.—Kelly Alexander, James Beard Journalism Award–winning food writer and author of Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

The World in a Skillet is an important book. Southern cooking is often viewed through the rearview mirror of nostalgia. Here, Angela and Paul literally take a look straight out the windshield to see where our regional cooking is heading. And it is exciting! From a Bosnian refugee's Kentucky kitchen to an Ethiopian in Memphis's advice on sopping up gravy, this book opened my eyes. I learned more about the world and how wonderful sharing recipes can be—and to slow down when a restaurant in a strip mall catches my eye. Beyond the stories these new Americans kindly share there is also a tremendous amount of information on ingredients, techniques, and global utensils. The Kitchen Passports throughout the book make it easier for these authentic recipes to find a way to my own kitchen. This book is a loving visit told in the new accents of the South. A whole world of flavor is just right down the road a piece—and thanks to the Knipples, I'm inspired to take a kitchen trip!—Martha Hall Foose, 2009 Winner James Beard Award for American Cooking and author of A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories From Close to Home

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