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American Artisanal: Finding the Country's Best Real Food, from Cheese to Chocolate Hardcover – March 4, 2008

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“Much as a wine tasting book can help you find your way through Napa Valley, American Artisanal can help you plan a gourmet fall weekend.” ~Oxx Cycle

About the Author

REBECCA GRAY has written for such publications as Saveur, Town & Country, Playboy, and Attaché. She is the author of eight cookbooks and most recently served as an expert editor for the 75th Anniversary Edition of The Joy of Cooking.With her husband she founded Gray’s Sporting Journal, the prestigious magazine about hunting and fishing.
Ethan Becker is the latest author of The Joy of Cooking. He is the son of Marion Rombauer Becker and the grandson of Irma S. Rombauer, the original author.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847829340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847829347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If your idea of 'artisanal' food is Allen Bros. meat, this is the book for you. Some of the subjects fall within the common idea of what is a hand made product (Blue Moon Sorbet, Clear Flour Bakery) but others are far from it these days (the forementioned Allen Bros., Vt Butter and Cheese, Broken Arrow Ranch). Which isn't to say they don't make a good, but commercial, product, but hardly 'hand made'.

The writing is a bit over the top - flying over Washington state as a prelude to "the eruption of Alaska" - comes to mind. There are better books on the subject out there and the food sections of newspapers are a really good source. Save your money.
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I don't usually read food books, but was given this as a present. It was like reading a travel guide to America with food at every stop.

Put it on your bedside table and read a chapter whenever you feel like dipping into a world of passionate growers, bakers and purveyors. It's an utterly enjoyable way to educate yourself about what we're eating and who makes it best.
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I'm a long-time home bread baker, so I'll focus on Rebecca Gray's chapter on the Clear Flour Bakery. She gets it. Anybody who tries to bake bread at home knows the mystery and wonder and craziness of bread baking. What will it taste like when you break open a loaf? You never know.
In portraying Christy Timon and Abe Faber, Gray captures the driven, ecstatic, and obsessive qualities true artisans possess and all of us who bake at home embody at least a little. Reading Gray reminds you of being a kid reading about your sports heroes. She inspires you, through the stories of these dedicated greats, to try a little harder, enjoy a little more.
A fine book and not just for bread alone.
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This is a great book, well written - gives a broad perspective into where our food comes from, and most importantly, its culture.
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