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American Artisanal: Finding the Country's Best Real Food, from Cheese to Chocolate [Hardcover]

Rebecca Gray , Ethan Becker

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Book Description

March 4 2008
We have a growing hunger to know where our food comes from. In our increasingly corporate world, we are looking to get back in touch with our roots to the land. American Artisanal feeds this hunger as no book has before.

The book celebrates eighteen of America’s leading food artisans–from Wood Prairie Farms potatoes in Maine to L. L. Lanier Honey in Florida, from Reed’s Ginger Brew in California to Earthy Delights mushrooms in Michigan. These are folks who are returning to the basics of sustainable, small-scale, or just plain high quality production. Food is a second career for many of these producers, who decided to drop out of the office rat race and pursue their real passion, literally in the field. In their inspirational stories we also can see the emergence of a true national cuisine. Also, woven throughout each chapter is the engaging history behind our foods–their natural origins and long journeys to cultivation. Recipes and ordering information are provided so you can enjoy these culinary delights at home.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 4 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847829340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847829347
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 13.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't think so........ April 15 2008
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Even for Non-Foodies May 11 2008
By Faith Catlin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD May 26 2008
By John Griesemer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great food insights! Oct. 11 2012
By food lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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