American Food

A Not-So-Serious History



ISBN: 9781419738142 Category:

Rachel Wharton


A clever and whimsical illustrated history of the most iconic all-American foods from Ambrosia to Zucchini Bread American food is not quite a cuisine, but rather a ragtag inventory of dishes with native, national, and international influences. This captivating and surprising tour of America’s culinary canon celebrates the variety, lore, and charm of the food we love to eat. Every entry, from A to Z, delves into the history of a national classic or regional treat, accompanied by practical tips and recipes for you to prepare. These distinctly American dishes, from Blueberry Pancakes and Fortune Cookies to Pepperoni Pizza and Shrimp and Grits, have rich and complex back stories that reach well beyond the borders of the United States. American Food: A Not-So- Serious History is both topical and entertaining in its exploration of US food culture, eating local and well, and bringing a sense of whimsy and not too much fuss to the table.

Additional information

Weight 442 g
Dimensions 14.5 x 21.7 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 25 October 2019
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Kimberly Ellen Hall
Dimensions 14.5 x 21.7 cm
Weight 442 g


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Rachel Wharton is a James Beard Award-winning food writer. Wharton is the author of Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook and co-author of Korean Home Cooking and F*ck, That's Delicious with Action Bronson. She lives in New York. Kimberly Ellen Hall is an award-winning artist and art professor with a thriving illustration, print, and pattern studio, Nottene. She lives in Philadelphia.