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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307405087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307405081
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Many of these 200 recipes offer comfort. Home diva Stewart has divided her combination food-history and recipe book into five “geographies”—Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, and West. She then submits a sixth category, “all-American,” that includes, expectedly, hamburgers, hot crab dip, turkey, and tuna noodle casserole. Dishes, most accompanied by color photographs, range from those in strict adherence to traditional tastes, such as roast turkey, to contemporary variations attuned to seasonal ingredients and newly discovered combinations, such as, for one, fig pizza. Of all the pages, perhaps the most riveting are those without recipes, concerned with the backstories of particular U.S. foodstuffs and showcasing, in sidebars, particular ingredients. The introduction of mayonnaise, the grandfather of meatloaf, the origin of wild rice, and everything you wanted to know about apples are among the topics such pages discuss. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

MARTHA STEWART is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, as well as the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily national program. MSLO publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio, channel 110 on Sirius satellite radio; produces merchandise for a broad group of retailers; and provides a wealth of ideas and information at marthastewart.com.

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Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.

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Customer Reviews

I love Martha Stewart and all of her cookbooks.
Melissa
I'm thoroughly enjoying reading it and looking forward to trying many of the scrumptious recipes.
Librarian
It has beautiful great American recipes that are easy to follow.
Chris A. Reed

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. G. in S.F. on April 24, 2012
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An absolutely gorgeous cookbook-full of beautiful photography (every recipe has an accompanying photograph) and surprisingly simple recipes, many of which have been culled from Martha's extensive archives. What makes this new book special is the clustering of recipes into geographic regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, and West. The book begins, however, with a collection of recipes labeled "All-American" featuring recipes that are part of every American-food lover's list of favorites: Blueberry Pancakes, Meatloaf, Lasagna, Green Bean Casserole, Brownies-and so on. As a resident of California, I recognize many of the recipes from the West, but as a former resident of Texas, I look forward to revisiting the recipes of the Southwest. This book would be a great gift for anyone just starting to live on his/her own, providing them with a basic repertoire of American classics.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on May 13, 2012
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I've had this cookbook less than a week and have already made 5 of the recipes - they just get better and better. The pound cake is wonderful (even though it calls for 9 eggs). The tomato soup is delicious. Best brownies I've ever made. Terrific muffins and applesauce everyone raved over. Can't wait to make something else. Highly recommend this cookbook.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Whitney F. on June 17, 2012
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This book is just wonderful. It's divided into six sections: All-American, Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, and West. The first section features classic American dishes such as potato salad, roast turkey, and apple pie. As another reviewer mentioned, these recipes are perfect for when you need to "bring something" to a potluck. The rest of the sections are filled with classic regional dishes, streamlined for the home kitchen. Most of the recipes feature entertaining "back stories" detailing the history of the dish. These insights--combined with the spotlight on regional ingredients (from Maine's blueberries to Alaska's salmon)--make this book feel like a love letter to classic American cooking. Even where updates and substitutions have been made, the spirit of the original recipes has been preserved, not reinvented.

So far I have made the mashed potatoes (All-American), chicken fried steak with gravy (Southwest), pecan cheese ball (Midwest), and buckeyes (Midwest). All were easy to prepare and used ingredients that were readily available to me (many already in my pantry). And they were delicious! The pictures accompanying each recipe are a nice bonus, particularly for some of the regional dishes that I've never seen before.

If I have one complaint it would be that there seem to be a disproportionately large number of seafood recipes. Living in Kansas, high-quality fresh seafood can be very difficult to find. But it's good to know that if I ever do come across some of these ingredients in my local grocery store, there will be a simple, reliable recipe waiting for me at home.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JL on April 26, 2012
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This book is wonderful...it contains a picture for every recipe which I really appreciate. There are many classic dishes that I can see myself referring back to time and time again. Some of these recipes were included in past MSL publications , but I enjoy having this consolidated volume to reference when I feel like good old American comfort food. Definitely a worthwhile purchase as it is useful and beautiful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NA on March 17, 2013
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I was prepared to not like this book, given all the negative feedback from food blogs on Martha's recipes not being reliable and mostly untested before publishing (I'm talking about talks that happened a few years ago). But I was pleasantly surprised. I loved reading the cookbook as a book first with all of the back stories. This is how I came to know what blue crabs really are(crabs before they grown a hard shell!). After enjoying the book as a read, I started cooking from it and some of the recipes have already become staples at my house. I'm not a person who likes to cook a recipe more than once unless it's exceptionally good(or exceptionally easy while still being extremely tasty!), and this cookbook provided me with quite a few recipes I've used over and over again. I've made the blueberry pancakes, mashed potatoes, philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches, green goddess dressing and many others. I highly recommend this book for cooks looking for a solid collection of all american recipes.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aussie Girl on June 5, 2012
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I finally know what black eyed peas are !
I'm having lots of fun reading and cooking yummy things at the same time. All Martha's recipes work and it's lovely to have the real Mc Coy American recipes with background innformation. My life is complete now ... I have the definitive brownie , cookie , muffin and more , recipes now.
I never have to look elsewhere again. Martha has it all !
Thank you
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on May 31, 2012
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I became interested in the book when I watched Martha share some recipes on her show. A farm wife is always looking for simple,quick and not to out of the normal recipes for a tired ole farmer. And remember I can't spring every new dish on him at one time! But I still Love it because I love looking at cook books. I shared a copy of the book with a friend and she loves it too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Wolper on May 24, 2012
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I am a long time fan of Martha and we are really enjoying her latest Cook Book! There are wonderful recipes that I make along with family members and we have never enjoyed our meals more! Thank you Martha, once again, for helping to bring our family together at "Meal Time"!
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