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Hardcover The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American Book

ISBN: 0688063470

ISBN13: 9780688063474

The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American

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Jeff Smith, star of the popular PBS series, The Frugal Gourmet contends that there is such a thing as American ethnic cooking and proves it in this extraordinary cookbook that will keep readers' stew pots going for years. 200 black-and-white drawings.

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I've revisited two Jeff Smith cookbooks this week, the Cooking with Wine one and this one. I'd forgotten just how informative, charming and instructive they are. Cooks American contains the best recipe for sourdough bread, starter and all, I've ever found. It was that dim memory that led me to dig the book out and dust it off. Leafing through its sauce stained pages has been like catching up with an old friend. There are many dishes in this book that deserve to be resurrected in my kitchen and so they will. For information, clear instructions and encouragement there's nobody like The Frug. No matter what his personal demons, American kitchens and contemporary TV chef/entertainers owe him a huge debt.

A history lesson for your stomach

It's unfortunate that when talking about Jeff Smith, there's always the issue of what did or didn't happen in his personal life, but for those of us who were fans of the show we will always remember him for what he was, one of the top voices in food television long before anyone ever even thought of the Food Network. He had intelligence, humor, and a warmth of personality that only a handful of people could ever communicate through cathode rays, and those same traits are to be found here in these pages. The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American is hands down my favorite of his cookbooks, and one of my absolute favorite cookbooks ever. It's a wonderful lesson in American cuisine and full of wonderful recipes. I frequently find it sitting on my coffee table, and it gets read, even when I'm not looking to cook anything.

A Cookbook, a history lesson, a great story

First off, I'm a big fan of Smith, nevermind all the scandal. I watched his show religiously when I was a kid, and his were the first cookbooks I ever really read. He got me into cooking, for sure. This is one of his better books. Interesting lessons, great recipes, both unique and familiar. Some of my best versions of things, like chicken and dumplings, jambalya, barbeque, biscuits, and chili come directly from this book. Like all his recipes, they're straightforward, and always turn out well. I love his writing "voice", he always made me feel welcome in his world, and I view this book as a comfort, these days. It's like slipping into a favorite sweater. Even if you don't cook from it, it's worth reading just to read.

The "backbone" of my kitchen

This is a great book, not only in the recipies (which are all wonderful), but in the stories BEHIND the recipies: where it all came from. I used this book quite a bit in the States, and now that I live in Germany I don't know what I would do without it. Our friends are always asking me for TRUE American dishes (not just the hamburgers everyone associates with the States.)

Very Historical

I really love all thoseHistory stories about GeorgeWashington, Thomas JeffersonThe Pilgrims Etc. that went along with the recipes.I hope that Jeff Smith will return to Television very,very soon.
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