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American (United States)
Regional Food & Cooking

See also: History of American (U.S.) Food & Cooking and Thanksgiving.


Selected Books

America's Best Lost Recipes: 121 Kitchen-Tested Heirloom Recipes Too Good to Forget
TX715.A54748 2007x
In these "lost recipes", the editors of Cook's Country magazine (the comfort food sister of Cook's Illustrated) searched through thousands of heirloom recipe submissions from American home cooks as part of their Heirloom Recipe Preservation Project. They were looking for "something special, recipes that tasted great but also recipes that told a story, that truly represented a special window into the American experience." Naturally the recipes have been tested by America's Test Kitchen.
The Art Institutes
American Regional Cuisine
TX715.A50847 2007
This new edition of American Regional Cuisine celebrates the diversity, distinction, and delectable essences of American cooking-from New England Clam Chowder to Carolina Pulled Pork Barbecue, from Floribbean Grouper with Black Bean, Jicama, and Corn Salsa to San Francisco Cioppino. It includes the history of each region, and color photographs showing cooking techniques and finished dishes.
Brown, Alton
Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run
TX651.B726 2008
Alton Brown follows the Mississippi on his motorcycle, stopping at roadside diners to eat the local food and talk with local cooks. A photo-journal/recipe book to accompany the Food Network TV series, Feasting on Asphalt.
Bryan, Mollie Cox
Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant Cookbook: a Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley
TX715.2.S68 B79 2006
Mrs. Rowe opened her restaurant in 1952 in the foothills of the Appalachians in Staunton, Virginia. This books recounts the story of the restaurant and includes 175 of her family's home-style recipes (spoon bread, redeye gravy, Virginia ham, Brunswick stew).
Dabney, Joseph E.
Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread & Scuppernong Wine: The Folklore and Art of Appalachian Cooking
TX715.2.S68 D43 1998
This work offers a slice of Smoky Mountain and Blue Ridge hill country foodlore handed down from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Germany, and the Cherokee Nation.
Dojny, Brooke
Dishing Up Maine
TX715.2.N48 D645 2006
Dojny offers some new takes on classic New England dishes, emphasizing seafood and fresh vegetables. Lots of side columns about the food and wonderful photographs.
Kaercher, Dan
Taste of the Midwest
TX715.2.M53 K34 2006
Dan Kaercher, editor of Midwest Living magazine, travels through 12 midwest states, from Ohio to Kansas to North Dakota. The article for each state talks about the typical food you find there and highlights unique dishes. Some recipes are included but there is also a travel journal section for each state listing websites, restaurants, featured stops, food events and mail order sources.
Link, Donald and Paula Disbrowe
Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana
TX715.2.L68 L56 2009
Link is the chef-owner of two New Orleans restaurants, Herbsaint and Cochon. In Cochon, he showcases the food he grew up preparing and eating at his grandfather's side.
Lundy, Ronni
Butter Beans to Blackberries: Recipes from the Southern Garden
TX715.2.S68 L8497 1999
If you are interested in Southern vegetables like crowder peas, okra, and collard greens, pick up this book for recipes and also for mail order sources. It is a delight to read with lots of explanatory text, history and sidebars.
O'Neill, Molly
One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking: 600 Recipes from the Nation's Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs
TX715.O5334 2010
And this is one BIG book. What is "American Cooking?" More than anything it is a melting pot of home-grown and foreign dishes. O'Neill profiles each cook and his/her recipe, giving the background of the dish as well.
Stern, Jane and Michael Stern
The Lexicon of Real American Food
TX349.S724 2011
The Roadfood duo has put together a very interesting glossary of regional dishes and food terms, some of which are so local that you've never heard of them, like Downstate Chowder, Fairy Food and Hoppel Poppel, and others that you have heard of but will learn more about. Of course they are missing some terms, like Jumbo and Chipped Chopped Ham...
Stern, Jane and Michael Stern
Roadfood Sandwiches: Recipes and Lore from our Favorite Shops Coast to Coast
TX818.S75 2007
There's nothing as American as a sandwich (except maybe hot dogs and hamburgers but aren't they sandwiches too?) and road warriors Jane and Michael Stern have selected some of the very best from across the country.


Brown, Alton, 1962-
Good eats: All American Greats
(DVD) TX715.G6178 2003x
An episode from the Food Network TV series Good Eats that covers American staples of hamburgers, meatloaf, corn on the cob, and pickles. Check out the additional Good Eats DVDs available.
Sebak, Rick
A Hot Dog Program
(DVD) TX749.H6785 2004x
A WQED PBS TV program that provides an entertaining look at one of America's favorite foods and the establishments around the country that are known for their hot dogs.
Sebak, Rick
An Ice Cream Show
A WQED PBS TV documentary exploring the best places across the United States to get ice cream.
Sebak, Rick
Pennsylvania Diners and Other Roadside Restaurants
(DVD) TX945.P3855 2006x
A WQED PBS TV documentary that visits several of Pennsylvania's notable diners and roadside restaurants.
Sebak, Rick
Sandwiches that You Will Like
(DVD) TX818.M4836 2002x
A WQED PBS TV documentary that tours eateries thoughout the United States in search of noteworthy sandwiches.

Web Sites

  • American Folk
    The folklore and pop culture of food. Recipes for tamales (the great Southern California Christmas tradition), stinkbait and more.
  • Carolina Country: Carolina Kitchen
    Recipes from Carolina Country magazine, a publication for its consumers by North Carolina's electric cooperatives.
  • Chef John Folse & Company: Louisiana Cooking
    Host of Stirrin' it up radio show with recipe of the week and links to large collection of previous show recipes. Lots of recipes for game, including alligator, Prairie Chicken and Dumpling Stew, Brunswick Stew.
  • Chef Rick McDaniels Southern Cooking
    Recipes offered are a blend of Cajun, Creole, and Southern home cooking, along with a touch of Soul food and some good old fashioned down-home cooking. Recipes include blackberry dumplings, apple and blackberry cobblers, apple butter, chow chow, jambalayas, gumbos, and many more.
  • Cocinas de New Mexico
    Recipes from the book Cocinas De New Mexico published by the Public Service Company of New Mexico.
  • Cook's Country
    A magazine from America's Test Kitchen that also publishes Cook's Illustrated. Cook's Country specializes in very American dishes like deviled eggs, guacamole, jambalaya, etc., but sometimes they take out what is traditional in them.
  • Eastern Shore of Virginia Recipes
    Here are recipes for crab cakes, clam fritters, scrapple, sweet potato biscuits and pie, hayman potatoes and more.
  • Epicurious: Recipe Browse
    Browse through this eclectic collection from Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines.
  • Florida Cuisine
    Recipes from the Marketing Florida Agriculture website. Includes recipes for alligators, ostrich, venison and lots of seafood as well as Key Lime Pie.
  • Gourmet Magazine: Archive Search: Southern U.S.
    These are articles tagged with the keyword southern U.S. Among the articles are ones by John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
  • Hidden Kitchens
    This is an NPR (National Public Radio) ongoing series by the Kitchen Sisters that explores "the world of hidden kitchens: street-corner cooking, legendary meals and eating communities come together through food."
  • Martha White
    This website has recipes for many Southern baked goods using Martha White flours, both corn and wheat. Although you can't find Marth White products in Pennsylvania, you can find them in Ohio and West Virginia.
  • New York Times: United Tastes
    Articles in the United Tastes series explore American cuisine and its ongoing evolution.
  • is a website devoted to finding the most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America. Among their team are Jane & Michael Stern, authors of various books about Road Food.
  • Sauerkraut Recipes
    Is sauerkraut American?? This website is intriguing for the recipes that are posted by the users, all of whom have US addresses. Some of the more captivating recipes are: Savory Rueben Cheesecake, Grandma's Sauerkraut and Spareribs, Sauerkraut egg rolls, Sauerkraut Smoothie, Pig Tails & Sauerkraut.
  • SAVEUR's Top 20 Festival Favorites
    Here are some American classics to make you either cringe or drool, including funnel cakes, corn dogs, and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.
  • A Taste of Louisiana
    This is the companion website to the Louisiana Public Broadcasting series on Louisiana cooking with Chef John Folse. The website includes recipes.
  • Texas Cooking
    An online magazine out of Austin, Texas that specializes in Southwestern cuisine.
  • What's Cooking America
    A recipe site created by Linda Stradley with some very "American" dishes, as well as ethnic dishes. Her explanations about the dishes and their history make the site interesting. Included are recipes for Rhode Island Coffee Milk - Coffee Cabinet and New York Egg Cream. She's the author of I'll Have What They're Having: Legendary Local Cuisine.
  • Wild Game Recipes
    This is an extension service publication from North Carolina State University and covers recipes for such native foods as armadillo, bear, beaver, duck, elk, muskrat, opossum, quail, rabbit, raccoon, rattlesnake, squirrel, venison and woodchuck.
  • Yankee Magazine: Food
    Look here for classic New England recipes from Boston baked beans to clam chowder, from blueberry pie to johnnycakes. These foods have not only sustained the region for nearly 400 years, they've helped define it. Check out their New Englandy Food and Classic New England Recipes.

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