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This review is from: The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook: Recipes from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Hardcover)
This is a beautifully done cookbook; but it is more than that. It is an instruction manual for some modern varied cuisine in the tradition of indigenous American foods.
If you have never eaten at the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in DC you are missing a colossal treat. Not only is the food better than anything else you will find on the Mall or nearby, at this highly rated restaurant but it is an education and there are always buffalo burgers and chicken finger type food for the non adventurous.
Chef Richard Hetzler has created a grand restaurant and has brought together recipes that are available at the Mitsitam Café on a rotating basis, he had others test cook them in amounts for home use, rather than the gallons of soup and such that he normally uses. The recipes can be a bit more difficult than a simple cookbook; but much of the difficulty lies in obtaining some of the ingredients, such as; quinoa or juniper berries; but there is also a section on ingredients and sources and one that gives online supplies.
Many recipes will also have ingredients that one can easily find such as chilies, tomatoes, corn, beans.
Included are: appetizers, soups, salads (do not miss the smoked duck salad), main courses, side dishes, sauces and salsa, breads, including fry bread, dessert with a popular Indian pudding, drinks and basic recipes and techniques. There is an index and recipes are also listed by Native American Cultural Area. There are some pictures and information is given about the dishes included.
Richard Hetzler has been with the museum since its opening and has created a marvelous place to eat and a cookbook to match.
With the movement toward more natural food and sustainable ingredients, many will appreciate this cookbook; as well as cookbook collectors and even educators that would like to have foods to demonstrate indigenous food. Those who wish to make dishes that taste wonderful but are probably different from much else that you have created should be sure to purchase this excellent book.
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2011 1:20:18 PM PST
I loved eating there and was thinking about buying the book -- do you happen to know if it has the "roasted Hubbard squash with browned butter and garlic" recipe? :-)
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 1:27:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2011 1:38:56 PM PST
no, sorry. I looked all through the index but it isn't there- the book is still worth getting. It's one of the only places where I've been almost everyone you talk to says - everything is wonderful here all the time. We'll just have to request Richard to do an additional cookbook getting this recipe in there
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011 8:21:34 PM PST
Thanks for answering and for the recommendation! :-D
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