America The Great Cookbook

Edited by Joe Yonan
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About The Book

We asked America's best chefs a personal question: What do you love to cook for the people that you love? And they answered in America The Great Cookbook — the ultimate celebration of the most delicious food to be discovered in the country today, in all its glorious diversity, from our top chefs, artisan producers, and fascinating food heroes. 

"This a beautiful book, with stunning photography not only of the delicious recipes but with gorgeous portraits of some of America's most lauded culinary figures. Want to know how they eat off duty? This book will show you and make it easy to replicate in your own home. All while helping a worthy cause. A must have for any serious food library." - Padma Lakshmi

"For chefs who are passionate about nourishing and nurturing guests in their restaurants, there’s an equally powerful drive to feed community members who don’t have enough. The recipes in America the Great Cookbook, collectively in support of Share Our Strength’s incredible No Kid Hungry initiative, get at the heart of that instinct while invoking a culinary tradition as beautifully diverse, dynamic, and imprecise as America itself." - Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Author, Setting the Table

"America The Great Cookbook is as delicious, dynamic, and diverse as the cooks who fill its pages, and who make this country so unique. Overflowing with poignant stories of food and community, as well as smart, personal recipes from coast to coast, it’s as much an authentic portrait of the American experience as it is a resource for inspired home cooking. This book and its mission are sure to enrich our dinner tables, and countless children’s lives for years to come!"  - Gail Simmons, Food Critic, TV Host, and Author of Bringing It Home: Favorites Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating

This one-of-a-kind, freshly photographed recipe collection presents portraits of America's foremost food personalities and their intimate stories about food, family, and their passion for cooking — each accompanied by one or more of their personal signature dishes and family favorites.

From well-known chefs and TV personalities like Buddy Valastro, Carla Hall and Georgetown Cupcake to culinary revolutionaries such as David Chang, Michael Voltaggio, and Dan Barber, 100 of America’s top food personalities share their most treasured home recipes in America The Great Cookbook. Lavishly photographed with spectacular images of food and locations from across the United States, this gorgeous cookbook highlights what is the very best about America and its rich culinary traditions. With a unique cover designed by renowned artist and letterer Jessica Hische, America The Great Cookbook is a beautiful book you can explore, share, and cook from for years to come for those that you love.

America The Great Cookbook fights childhood hunger by helping No Kid Hungry connect kids with at least 200,000 meals.

Recipes include: Michael Hudman & Andy Ticer’s Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Sugar and Buttermilk Frosting, Simone Cormier’s Country Pork Pâté with Cherries and Hazelnuts, Joan Nathan’s Matzo Balls, Hugo Ortega’s Barbacoa de Zaachila, Charles Phan’s Black Bean–Glazed Pork Spareribs, Marcus Samuelsson’s Fried Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles, Nancy Silverton’s Chicken Salad with Indian Spices & Preserved Lemon, Melissa Clark’s Cod with Roasted Asparagus and Green Onions, Michael Voltaggio’s Loup de Mer, Virginia Willis’ Summer Squash Salad, Carla Hall’s Collards ‘n’ Potlikker, David Chang’s Clam Juk, Ronni Lundy’s Mama’s Speckled Butter Beans, Thomas McNaughton’s Ricotta Triangoli,  Amanda Saab’s Baklava Cheesecake, Georgetown Cupcake’s Red Velvet Cupcakes, Michael Solomonov's Homemade Laffa Bread, Franklin Barbecue’s Espresso Barbecue Sauce, Mindy Segal’s Matcha and Mint Hot Chocolate, Leah Chase’s Creole Gumbo, Marcella Valladolid’s White Bean and Grilled Octopus Salad, Ruth Reichl’s Pink Deviled Eggs, Molly Yeh’s Vanilla Cake with Rhubarb Buttercream, Dan Barber’s Juice Pulp Cheeseburgers, Kris Yenbamroong’s Uni Garlic Fried Rice, Rick Bayless’ Enchiladas Verdes, Ana Sortun’s Asparagus Fatteh, Francis Lam’s Chinese Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs, Erin French’s Blueberry Spoon Cake, Joanne Chang’s Raspberry Swirl Meringues, Nathalie Dupree’s Grits with Greens and Shrimp, Ed Lee’s Braised Turmeric Chicken, Pableaux Johnson’s Monday Night Red Beans and Rice, Andrew Zimmern’s Cold Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (October 31, 2017)
  • Length: 482 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781681882826

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Raves and Reviews

"This a beautiful book, with stunning photography not only of the delicious recipes but with gorgeous portraits of some of America's most lauded culinary figures. Want to know how they eat off duty? This book will show you and make it easy to replicate in your own home. All while helping a worthy cause. A must have for any serious food library."

– Padma Lakshmi

"For chefs who are passionate about nourishing and nurturing guests in their restaurants, there’s an equally powerful drive to feed community members who don’t have enough. The recipes in America the Great Cookbook, collectively in support of Share Our Strength’s incredible No Kid Hungry initiative, get at the heart of that instinct while invoking a culinary tradition as beautifully diverse, dynamic, and imprecise as America itself."

– Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Author, Setting the Table

“Chefs around the country—think Mario Batali, Carla Hall and Dan Barber—share the dishes that make them tick, as well as the stories behind them. It's a cross section of and a love letter to the state of our national cuisine, with recipes like pink deviled eggs from Ruth Reichl and fried chicken with red velvet waffles from Marcus Samuelsson.” 

– Tasting Table

“Edited and curated by Joe Yonan, the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food & Dining editor of The Washington Post, the cookbook is an opportunity for home cooks to get an intimate glimpse into the lives of their favorite food heroes and share what they cook for their loved ones.” 

– Food & Beverage Magazine

“Well, it appears 100 of the greatest chefs in North America distilled what they know about food in a book… This features a collection of many stories and recipes from food making legends such as Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, Joan Nathan, and many more! This book contains a massive compilation of the different dishes they cook for their loved ones and provides a perfect opportunity for home cooks to gain a vivid glance into the lives of their food heroes and share their technique for cooking for family!” 

– The 360 Mag

“The book offers a glimpse into the lives of more than 100 top food personalities…a portion of the proceeds from the book, which will be available online next month and in stores by the end of October, will go to the No Kid Hungry campaign.” 

– Inforum

“The book, which features recipes and stories from more than 100 chefs and food-world figures, touches on the food scenes in five distinct regions of the country.” 

– Publisher’s Weekly

“The James Beard Award-winning editor helms this collection of recipes from more than 100 diverse food personalities from across the country, with locals including Carla Hall, David Chang and Dan Barber.” 

– AMNY

America The Great Cookbook offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of over 100 top food personalities and features well-loved recipes and heartwarming stories. The cookbook spans five regions of America.” 

– Houston Woman’s Magazine

"Featuring recipes and stories from over 100 top food personalities, the carefully curated cookbook is an opportunity for home cooks to get an intimate glimpse into the lives of their favorite food heroes as they share what they cook for their loved ones.” 

– Broadway World

“Avoid an appetizer rut by adding something new to your repertoire. Flip through suggestions from America's best to find a new favorite.” 

– Elle Magazine

“From well-known chefs and TV personalities like Mario Batali, Buddy Valastro, and Carla Hall to culinary revolutionaries such as David Chang, Michael Voltaggio, and Dan Barber, 100 of America’s top food personalities share their most treasured home recipes in America The Great Cookbook.” 

– Chicago Splash Magazine

“’One hundred of the country’s finest chefs and ‘food heroes,’ as Yonan calls them, from prominent home cooks to farmers, contributed recipes. ‘An all-chef book doesn’t really represent the true scope of cooking that’s happening in America,’ says the editor. ‘There’s so much incredible stuff happening in people’s home kitchens.’”

– AtlantaMagazine.com

“And maybe in today's cultural climate that foams with political issues of race and immigration, the cookbook reminds us that America sets a pretty delicious table, thanks to the global human threads of its people.” 

– Houston Chronicle

“The book, edited by Yonan, sets out to provide a portrait of a diverse America. Yonan is an author of two cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award-winning food and dining editor of the Washington Post.”

– Detroit Free Press

“The new cookbook compiles the best-loved recipes of 100 cooks all across the country, edited by Joe Yonan, food editor for The Washington Post. It’s packed with culinary diversity and loaded with scrumptious photographs.” 

– HONOLULU Star-Advertiser

“It’s not easy to get 100 food stars in one place, but the editor of the new America The Great Cookbook managed to do it. Inside you’ll find stories and favorite recipes from 100 food legends from all 50 states (including Marcela Valladolid, Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, and Marcus Samuelsson).” 

– Food Network Magazine

"America The Great Cookbook is as delicious, dynamic, and diverse as the cooks who fill its pages, and who make this country so unique. Overflowing with poignant stories of food and community, as well as smart, personal recipes from coast to coast, it’s as much an authentic portrait of the American experience as it is a resource for inspired home cooking. This book and its mission are sure to enrich our dinner tables, and countless children’s lives for years to come!"

– Gail Simmons, Food Critic, TV Host, and Author of Bringing It Home: Favorites Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating

"This cookbook is beautifully executed with gorgeous photography and a fantastic range of dishes, but what sets it apart are personal touches from each of the 100 chefs included. While some are notable personalities, including television stars and marquee names in the culinary world, other are more unsung. Insights about what each chef loves to cook for friends and family, as well as their signature at the end of each passage, lend an intimate and rare glimpse into the genesis of culinary passion."

– Wine Enthusiast

“So for many reasons, it was a nice surprise to come across America the Great Cookbook, a massive (and beautifully shot!) compilation of the dishes that chefs actually make for the people they love. All the contributors are the usual suspects associated with excellence in the food world: Mario Batali. Jessica Koslow. José Andrés. But instead of the James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred dishes that made them famous, the cookbook takes you into these chefs' kitchens to discover the recipes that inspired them—the ones that they want to pass on to their families, even if they never make it onto menus in New York or L.A.”

– Esquire

“..it’s more than just a cookbook; it’s also a fascinating portrait of the foodie movers and shakers cooking up new recipes based on their heritage or regions”

– Parade

"You’ll support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative with the purchase of “America the Great Cookbook,” which attempts to answer the question “What is American food?” The answer, as it turns out, is: gumbo from Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s in New Orleans, sweet potato tacos from Guerrilla Tacos chef Wes Avila, pink deviled eggs from food writer Ruth Reichl, clam juk from Momofuku chef David Chang. Plus dishes from locals such as Ana Sortun, Joanne Chang, and Irene, Andy, and Margaret Li of Mei Mei."

– The Boston Globe

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