American Flavor - Andrew Carmellini, Gwen Hyman

Andrew Carmellini, author of the acclaimed Urban Italian as well as chef and co-owner of Locanda Verde and The Dutch restaurants in New York City, shows the breadth of his culinary influences in American Flavor (Ecco, $34.99).  Recipes collected from trips all over the country reflect the diversity of our melting pot.  Asian dishes like tofu stew with miso and shiitake and Korean steak are only pages away from a Hispanic dish like chicken pozole and eastern-European specialties like borscht-the-way-your-mom-made-it and pierogies.  What all the dishes have in common is that they’re high on flavor and not overly complicated.  The recipes are designed with home chefs in mind, calling for ingredients that can be gotten easily.  The photography is excellent, making every dish look delicious.

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ISBN: 9780061963292
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Published: Ecco - October 18th, 2011

Lidia's Italy in America - Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich has long been known as one of the great masters of Italian cooking in America. Lidia’s Italy in America (Knopf, $35) celebrates, in 175 recipes, the boundless variety and quality of Italian food here in the states. Bastianich visited people and places  all over the country, and here documents not just the cuisine, but the culture, humor, and spirit of Italians in America.  The food ranges from soft-shell crab in Silver Spring to deep-dish pizza in Chicago; all these recipes show how native food traditions, available ingredients, and changing lifestyles have transformed what had been thought of as Italian food and created something special and unique.

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ISBN: 9780307595676
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Published: Knopf - October 25th, 2011

Citrus County - John Brandon

Citrus County (McSweeney’s, $14) is a story of disaffected American teenagers and young love, but if you think you’ve read this story before, think again.  John Brandon’s humid, overgrown, idiosyncratic vision of dystopic Florida suburbia finds Toby, a likeable but deeply flawed loner, Mr. Hibma, a geography teacher who hates teaching, and Shelby, just moved to the area with her father and sister, caught up in a chain of events brought upon them by one person’s impulsive act. Strong characters, quirky observations, and solid writing make this a standout novel and Brandon an author to pay attention to.

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ISBN: 9781936365098
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Published: McSweeney's - June 7th, 2011