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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2012
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
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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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
This is an excellent cookbook. I bought it for my daughter-in-law who does a lot of cooking and baking with her two daughters. I have had several recipes out of this particular book and they were very good. We did come across only one recipe that we were not happy with. It was the Boston Cream Pie. I believe there may be an omission in it as the cake has no leaving. We tried it twice and both times it was disappointing. Over all, the recipes are great and we are enjoying it very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2014
I love Martha but have been very hit-or-miss with her recipes because they often have the most esoteric of ingredients and processes. This cookbook, though, is a keeper. The caramel popcorn was fabulous (though next time, I'll double it because it just didn't make enough) and the green bean casserole even won my mother-in-law over! This is my go-to cookbook of late.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2012
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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
Martha Stewart has a passion for teaching and she does write about much here. Many efforts to include all of the tapestry of food in our country make this more than just recipes. The part about food habits of first Americans and ingredients that are native are well done and make this a book that is worth buying. GREAT
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
an outstanding resource for superb recipes. Martha's recipes are impeccable but time consuming with no shortcuts. However, the results are worth the time and effort. Her hot crab dip is a real crowd pleaser. The pot roast is the best tasting you've eaten. highly recommended!!
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