New American Table by Samuelsson, Marcus. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2009, Binding: Hardcover
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An affectionate, thoroughly diverse tribute to the modern American table
"I'll introduce you to friends I've met along the way who have shared their foods, told me their stories and inspired me with their passion. With recipes that range from elaborate entrees to simple snacks, I give an overview of American food as I see it and, hopefully, will provide a primer to navigate through an array of international influences to bring a world of flavor into your own home."-Marcus Samuelsson
In his bestselling The Soul of a New Cuisine, Marcus Samuelsson returned to the land of his birth to explore the continent's rich diversity of cultures and cuisines through recipes and stories from his travels in Africa. Now, in The New American Table, Samuelsson takes you on a journey of the inspired food of the United States, his beloved adopted country.
Acclaimed for the distinct and diverse cuisine he has created at Aquavit and Riingo, Samuelsson shares more than 300 recipes that embody the uniquely inclusive spirit of American cuisine, from high-end fare to street food; down-home Southern cooking to Southwestern flavors to Asian cuisines, and beyond.
In this new book, he explores the full spectrum of this regional American cooking that he has grown to love, meeting people along the way who have brought wonderful foods to their new home and to the receptive American people who have opened their minds and hearts to new foods and new cultures, including
A true celebration of the culinary gifts that define The New American Table, this book is accompanied by stunning food and travel photographs documenting Samuelsson's journeys across America and his discovery of the flavors of a nation. Drawing on his own rich cultural heritage, he has created an exciting tribute to the wide range of cultural influences and culinary traditions that have shaped modern American cuisine. The New American Table presents Samuelsson's interpretation of the food that has evolved from these diverse traditions-a contemporary, original, and uniquely American cuisine.
Recipe Excerpts from The New American Table
Miso-Rubbed Rack of Lamb
When Marcus Samuelsson—who was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden—came to the United States in 1991, it was supposed to be for just nine months. But the young chef was so invigorated, and so delighted, by the uniquely American collision of culinary influences that he decided to make this country his home. Samuelsson went on to open such acclaimed New York City restaurants as Aquavit, AQ Kafé, and Riingo.
As a James Beard Award–winning chef, Samuelsson has traveled all over the United States, sampling everything from authentic Creole cooking in New Orleans to steaks in Kansas City and heirloom chilies in Arizona. In Texas, he found barbecue but also Czech cuisine. Detroit offered soul food and Lebanese food. Every-where he went, Samuelsson saw the vitality and variety immigration has brought to the American kitchen. In New American Table, he brings all these influences together.
This dazzling book offers more than 300 recipes that embody the uniquely inclusive spirit of American cuisine, from high-end fare to street food, down-home Southern cooking and spicy Southwestern flavors to Asian cuisines, and beyond. From Pad Thai and his wife's authentic Ethiopian Doro We't to a holiday ham reimagined with spicy tamarind glaze, each recipe
bears Samuelsson's unique genius for flavor and texture. Inside you'll find:
Tasty condiments like Grilled Tomato-Mint Salsa,Tamarind-Soy Vinaigrette, and Chunky BBQ Sauce
Tempting snacks like Empanadas with Peanut-Mango Sambal, Caraway Pretzels, and Spicy Dill Popcorn
Irresistible small plates, including Bay Scallops with Nori-Spiced Watermelon and Corn Pancakes with Chili-Covered Gravlax
Everyday dishes like Jerk-Spiced Catfish with Green Papaya Salad and My Mother's Spaghetti with Peas
Hearty fare like Braised Pork Roast with Grilled Chile Vinaigrette, Citrus Chicken with Couscous Stuffing and Slaw, and Lamb Stew with Dill Sauce and Roasted Parsley Root
Reinvented staples like Noodle Paella with Pistachio Aïoli and Israeli Couscous with Crab and Snow Peas
Luscious desserts, including Banana Bread Pudding with Hazelnut Kulfi and Rustic Chocolate Tart
Throughout the book, Samuelsson introduces you to friends he's met along the way who have shared their foods, told their stories, and inspired him with their passion. Recipes that range from simple snacks to desserts transform ingredients into thrilling, irresistible flavor combinations. Samuelsson's spirit of adventure is contagious, and through his inclusive, welcoming approach to cooking, these inspiring dishes bring a world of flavor right into your own kitchen.
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