Food + Drink

An American Tradition – America: The Cookbook

Phaidon’s biggest culinary bible to date, America: The Cookbook features 850 recipes within 800 pages and is the definitive cookbook for Thanksgiving this year.


With only a few days until the American holiday of Thanksgiving, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on this cookbook and try out some new recipes.

Celebrating the remarkable diversity of American cuisine and food culture across fifty states, this cookbook is filled with authentic recipes; anecdotal, historical and cultural information as well as writing from the most eminent names in American food today.

The book explores the culinary culture of a relatively young country but one already steeped in history, tradition and the influence of many cultures. It recognises classic recipes that are staples on the American table: collard greens, cornbread, Mississippi mud cake, crab cakes, fried chicken and an astonishing 27 recipes for sweet and savoury pies, five different chillis and eight versions of barbecue sauce.


A separate contributor section in America: The Cookbook features guest essays and menus for each state from a “who’s who” of nearly 100 American food luminaries and chefs. Engaging essays by such notables as Danny Meyer, Adam Gopnik, Corby Kummer and Jonathan Gold—each of whom writes about a state to which they are deeply connected—reveal a vast range of perspectives and insights into American regional culinary identity.

But of course the most impressive pages in this beautiful book are those featuring the mouthwatering recipes. For Thanksgiving, along with roast turkey, we’ll be serving up maple-bacon Brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie (of course),  and I’ll be trying my hand at the green chilli cornbread for a twist on a traditional favourite.


Get your own copy of America: The Cookbook, published by Phaidon for £29.95.

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