My thoughts: This book has a sense of adventure, with fabulous visuals that inspire sensory exploration and have you lusting after the American landscape. As an Aussie, you could say that we have an adventurous palette when it comes to food. I feel that Marcus' book, The New American, brings some flavour to the bland American food culture which he refers to as " The Land of the Burger", the hotdog and the 1/2 a pig sandwich (okay, I added that bit- is 10 slices of ham per sandwich, really necessary?). This book has given life to the mayo, chutney and corn bread...His intriguing cultural mix of an Ethiopian heritage and Swedish upbringing has inspired his desire to spice up the American palette...
"This could have been three or four great books, but instead it's one big messy one. Just like America?"
Eat Me Daily
If you're a novice cook , a majority of the recipes are indeed quite ambitious. However, most of the techniques are doable -- it's the recipes themselves that are daunting with somewhat lengthy ingredient lists accompanying most. But if you have an adventuresome side (and an abundant spice rack), these dishes will bring cuisine from all corners of the world into your kitchen.
To be honest, this book has sat on my dusty bookshelf for the past few months, next to The Fat Duck, another scary but fascinating culinary adventure. In desperate need 'not to venture to the supermarket' and after a not very successful whoopie pie experiment (more on that later), I opened this book tonight to "French Fries". I have potatoes! How hard can this be?... No chickpea flour, nor grape seed oil - let's experiment (back up, check, baked beans)!
Gone in seconds, it was a quiet and quick dinner!
Pantry Must Haves
5 potatoes- I only had red potatoes (Idaho is recommended - cut into sticks)
2 stalks of Rosemary
salt for taste
1 teaspoon of Paprika
A sprinkle of crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1/4 cup of plain flour
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch (corn flour)
4 cups of olive oil