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The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great

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Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. These migrs, from every corner of the world, helped make America great long before the 2016 election. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. These migrs, from every corner of the world, helped make America great long before the 2016 election. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. What would the Southwest be without its piquant green chili pepper sauces and stews, New York City without its iconic Jewish delis, Dearborn without its Arab eateries, or Louisiana without the Creole and Cajun flavors of its signature gumbos and jambalayas? Imagine an America without pizza or pad Thai, hummus or hot dogs, sushi or strudelfor most people, it wouldn't taste much like America at all.


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Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. These migrs, from every corner of the world, helped make America great long before the 2016 election. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. These migrs, from every corner of the world, helped make America great long before the 2016 election. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. What would the Southwest be without its piquant green chili pepper sauces and stews, New York City without its iconic Jewish delis, Dearborn without its Arab eateries, or Louisiana without the Creole and Cajun flavors of its signature gumbos and jambalayas? Imagine an America without pizza or pad Thai, hummus or hot dogs, sushi or strudelfor most people, it wouldn't taste much like America at all.

30 review for The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    It was on a book truck of new books at our public library and caught my eye. I was surprised to see a recipe for Banoffee Pie included. My sister makes an excellent Banoffee Pie, but insists that it is an American creation. I did the research, and argued that it's British! It was originally created by a couple at a pub called, "The Hungry Monk," in East Sussex, England. This beautiful book is going on my wish list. It was on a book truck of new books at our public library and caught my eye. I was surprised to see a recipe for Banoffee Pie included. My sister makes an excellent Banoffee Pie, but insists that it is an American creation. I did the research, and argued that it's British! It was originally created by a couple at a pub called, "The Hungry Monk," in East Sussex, England. This beautiful book is going on my wish list.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    This is a fabulous cookbook. It covers many immigrant backgrounds. Most of the recipes are quite easy and simple.The photos are fantastic,don't go thru this book if you are hungry. If you want to try recipes from other lands or have curiosity for recipes of your ancestral land,this is perfect. This is a fabulous cookbook. It covers many immigrant backgrounds. Most of the recipes are quite easy and simple.The photos are fantastic,don't go thru this book if you are hungry. If you want to try recipes from other lands or have curiosity for recipes of your ancestral land,this is perfect.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leonard

    I didn't read all of this cookbook, and I haven't tried any of the recipes in it, but I loved it immediately for the title and subtitle, and I suspect that it's a reliable and relatively inexpensive one to use as a source of good food. The introduction says "Over 42 million people living in the United States have come here from other countries." They deserve our attention and this cookbook is just one small example of the gifts they've brought to our country, which is also their country. I didn't read all of this cookbook, and I haven't tried any of the recipes in it, but I loved it immediately for the title and subtitle, and I suspect that it's a reliable and relatively inexpensive one to use as a source of good food. The introduction says "Over 42 million people living in the United States have come here from other countries." They deserve our attention and this cookbook is just one small example of the gifts they've brought to our country, which is also their country.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A cookbook that proves for some the United States is still a melting pot. Beautiful pictures, slew of nationalities represented with a definite leaning to the Third World and developing countries.It's divided into the usual sections, each recipe has a little history plus a bio of the chef. The spice palette alone will delight those of us who aren't spice wimps. If your ancestors aren't featured, you'll easily find something else to adopt as a new favorite. A cookbook that proves for some the United States is still a melting pot. Beautiful pictures, slew of nationalities represented with a definite leaning to the Third World and developing countries.It's divided into the usual sections, each recipe has a little history plus a bio of the chef. The spice palette alone will delight those of us who aren't spice wimps. If your ancestors aren't featured, you'll easily find something else to adopt as a new favorite.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I liked this cookbook but I didn't love it. The stories about the regions and the chefs were interesting. We used this for Try Something New: a book club for people who like to read and eat and the food was wonderful but we all hated making them. Figure that one out. One of our participants made the "sweet coconut soup" and I must say it was an amazing thing. Yum! I liked this cookbook but I didn't love it. The stories about the regions and the chefs were interesting. We used this for Try Something New: a book club for people who like to read and eat and the food was wonderful but we all hated making them. Figure that one out. One of our participants made the "sweet coconut soup" and I must say it was an amazing thing. Yum!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dray

    This book was quite different from what I had imagined, in a very nice way. i had expected a collection of recipes from foriegn lands but the food is uniquely American, with evolved sensibilities and tastes echoing heritage. I really liked that each recipe was from a different chef and we got to learn a little about them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Libraryassistant

    I often say that I read cookbooks like novels, but this one really is a read. It’s chock full of stories— one for each recipe and contributing foodie. Chefs, bloggers, authors, food related activists, and more all celebrate the gift they have shared with their adopted home via the food of their culture. I wanted to taste it all!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marianna

    Love the concept, but the recipes aren’t exactly accessible to the home cook. I’d love to see a similar cookbook with recipes common to each cultures day to day cooking.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Love the kushari recipe. The doro wot came out very runny and would need some adjustments, though the flavor was good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Oh my goodness! I want to make every recipe in here!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diann

    Diverse recipes from all over the world, with accompanying stories of the people and places where they emerged. Beautifully illustrated and every recipe I have tried has been delicious!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Wallace

    I love the title of this book and I really enjoyed the stories that went along with the dishes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A beautiful cookbook. Makes a great gift.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Libby Beyreis

    3.5 stars. Love the concept, liked some of the recipes, but a lot of the recipes were things that I didn't really see myself ever cooking. 3.5 stars. Love the concept, liked some of the recipes, but a lot of the recipes were things that I didn't really see myself ever cooking.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Beautiful photography. Many things I would love to try, but alas, hubby would never eat any of them. But I ate that book with my eyes. The fig tort in one of the first photos is amazing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Kushari (from Egypt). That’s what I’d make.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kimber

    I didn't read the whole book cover to cover yet, but just reading the excerpts was very exciting. Can't wait to buy, read, and cook from this soon! I didn't read the whole book cover to cover yet, but just reading the excerpts was very exciting. Can't wait to buy, read, and cook from this soon!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This book struck me as mostly restaurant food as opposed to home cooking

  19. 4 out of 5

    Irene

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elisha

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rambling Reader

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thuy Thuy Tien Truong

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Glardon

  24. 4 out of 5

    jorgeonder

  25. 4 out of 5

    Widad Ghaben

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sanaz Ahmadi

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  30. 4 out of 5

    HeatherMarie

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