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U.S.A. Cookbook Hardcover – January 4, 1997

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Sheila Lukins's USA Cookbook celebrates American cooking as seen through the enthusiastic eyes of one of the nation's most popular cooks and successful cookbook authors. The 600-plus recipes in this hefty book include exuberant versions of American classics like tomato soup and chocolate pudding, and updated takes on classics, inspired by dishes Lukins sampled at food festivals, restaurants, and in homes she visited all over the country. Lukins also shares recipes gathered from eateries whose specialties are the gold standard, including Sonny Bryan's Onion Rings from Kansas City, Missouri, Goode's BBQ Mop from Houston, and Blue Wally Pancakes from Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis, to name a few. Shaker Cranberry Brisket, Chili Chicken Salad, and Low Country Bread Pudding are more examples of Lukins in top form, adding her own creative yet comfortable and crowd-pleasing twists to classic regional dishes.

Use this book when cooking for company and to add a lift to family meals. Without leaving you buried in the kitchen, whatever you make will add a soupcon of sophistication--and gain compliments for the cook. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In a great, friendly, and indispensable book, Sheila Lukins, America's most trusted home cook and co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbooks and The New Basics Cookbook, rediscovers, interprets, and transforms the best of American tastes and ingredients. Over 600 recipes, from Roasted and Fresh Vegetable Gazpacho to Smothered Beef Shanks, Super Bowl Clambake to Chocolate-Pecan Banana Cream Pie, combine the sophisticated and homespun to create pure culinary dazzle. Pride of place is given throughout to fresh and dried chiles, wild rice, Walla Walla onions, Western beef, cranberries, maple syrup, morels, and seafood right from our bays, rivers, and oceans. Featuring great American wines, beers, and cheese, plus regional and holiday specialties with a twist.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761107754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761107750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a cookbook addict (I have 100+ cookbooks in my collection) and the USA Cookbook is one of my favorites! Sheila Lukins has a wonderful collection of recipes in this book. Many times I buy cookbooks thinking that the recipes sound great, and then I never actually make anything. I didn't have that problem with this book as I've made several different dishes. There's a cherry ice cream recipe in it that my family really enjoys!
This is a great general cookbook to have on hand. It covers a variety of dishes and the recipes are simple enough for most cooks to manage easily. (You might want to note that I am the kind of cook who likes to make things from scratch, but I'm not always in the mood for something really complicated, either). Because the recipes are delicious, simple, and would appeal to most people, this book would be a great gift for someone who likes to cook.
One of the things I enjoy most about this book is its style. The author includes informational commentary about regional cuisine and useful food facts besides just the recipes. I think this is what prompted me to purchase another one of her cookbooks, The New Basics. I think I like this book a little better, but both are wonderful.
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Format: Paperback
This is amazing collection from around the country, and she describes the places where she dined and found these dishes. She is knowledgable chef, as her work with the Silver Palate fame shows.
In this work, she organizes different from other cookbooks: this is by type of meal, i.e. Coffee Break, Dinnertime, Cocktail Hour, etc. Neat Approach!
I'm about venturing out and stretching myself with such as Berrty-Stewed Rabbit and Sour Cherry Lamb Shanks, but there is also the solid favorites as Fried Chicked served "Super Crispy Buttermilk" style and other red, white and blue favorites.
This is good, solid cookbook for a new cook or bride, etc. Great as a gift. I've given this one and received compliments for its usefulness. Much to explore in this excellent researched and presented huge volume (over 600 pages.)
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By A Customer on March 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of really nice recipes in this books. The cakes and muffins in particular turn out well. The lemon poppyseed loaf, zucchini loaf and breakfast muffins are recipes I keep returning to time after time. A lot of the main dish recipes are quite time consuming to prepare and have a lot of ingredients in them but can be worth it. This book is really for the person who likes to spend time cooking and not if you can only spend a half an hour to fix dinner. Although I love this book my one complaint would be the high fat content of alot of the recipes. In some of them you would know that it is just not necessary - for example - a whole cup of oil that is not drained off in the Jambalaya. It is not for those watching their weight or their cholesterol.
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Format: Paperback
Whether throwing an elegant dinner party, a backyard barbeque, or just making dinner for my family, if I want good, simple american food, I turn to this cookbook. The variety of recipes is astounding, and there is something for every palate and every event here. My personal favorites have to be the Pacific Northwest Light Mussels, which I have served twice as an appetizer to rave reviews at dinner parties (and have been able to scale down the recipe for one when I wanted to make dinner for myself), and the seared salmon recipe, which was delicious and incredibly easy. We also enjoyed the Berry Berry Cobbler at two birthday dinners this summer - a great substitue for people who don't like cake! (only in my family . . . ) I think that this cookbook would make a great addition to any cookbook collection.
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Format: Paperback
Homemade ketchup, Homemade marshmallows, Homemade graham crackers, waffles from scratch, blue ribbon split pea soup!! These recipes rock!! I don't know if they're original or generic but frankly it doesn't matter my tongue says they are AWESOME!!!! We have made at least 25 recipes from this book and EVERY SINGLE ONE ends up being superb!!! And we're vegetarians!!! Thats like half the book that we can't cook! I had a $35 cookbook in my hand when I saw this one on the shelf for $7. Glad I saved the $22! GET THIS BOOK!!!!
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Being Hungarian with my mother living in the states, I was always curious what geniune American food is like. This was the fist cookbook I got, and it is still my absolute favorite. Hunderds of recipies for every meal and occasion, with nice pieces of advice, stories, little trivias, and even beer and wine selection.
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"USA" is a great cook book. It's organized well into different sections and the aray of recipes is amazing. There are so many recipes from different regions of the country that you'll never run out of ideas.A great book on Americana.
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By A Customer on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Every recipe I've tried from this book has been terrific. It's not great for low-calorie occasions, but otherwise you can't go wrong. We have especially enjoyed the pies, quick breads and other desserts. The instructions are clear and the recipes are generally straightforward.
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