American Artisanal: Finding the Country's Best Real Food, from Cheese to Chocolate Hardcover – Mar 4 2008
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.