The immigrant cookbook Recipes that make America great

Leyla Moushabeck

Book - 2018

More than 42 million people living in the United States came here from other countries. Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. What would the Southwest be without its piquant green chili pepper s...auces and stews, New York City without its iconic Jewish delis, Dearborn without its Arab eateries, or Louisiana without the Creole and Cajun flavors of its signature gumbos and jambalayas? Imagine an America without pizza or pad Thai, hummus or hot dogs, sushi or strudelfor most people, it wouldnt taste much like America at all.

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Subjects
Genres
Cookbooks
Published
Northampton, Massachusetts : Interlink Books 2018.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
224 pages : color illustrations, 27 cm
ISBN
9781566560382
1566560381
Other Authors
Leyla Moushabeck (compiler)
  • Appetizers
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Desserts
  • Snacks and side dishes.
Review by Booklist Reviews

In very few places will you, all at once, encounter so many James Beard Award–winning chefs and so many food professionals who are committed to making dreams come true. In this book, for which editor Moushabeck and the publisher are donating a portion of proceeds to the ACLU in support of immigrants' rights, more than 70 gourmet talents contribute 75 dishes from their native countries, covering a medley of cuisines from every continent but Antarctica. There are lots of recognizable names: Daniel Boulud (who contributes Lyonnaise salad with lardons), Australia's Curtis Stone (Pavlova with coconut cream and tropical fruits), Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel (mini-madeleines), and Jamaica's Ziggy Marley (coconut dream fish). Each profile-recipe features a straightforward bio and photo of the recipe's inventor, an "in my own words" introduction about the dish and its origins, and an exquisite color photograph. Directions are written in narrative style, with ingredients posted on the side. A great collection that benefits from the incredible accomplishments of its contributors, and its excellent cause. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

In her introduction, Moushabeck (Soup for Syria) references "these troubling times of anti-immigrant rhetoric" and counters that rhetoric by extolling the culinary gifts 42 million American immigrants have given the country, which are the inspiration for this excellent collection of recipes provided by immigrants and their descendants. Each recipe includes a personal, often touching headnote and brief bio. The diversity of recipes is staggering: Armenian yogurt soup, roasted whole fish from Senegal with a bracing spice rub, colorful Singapore stir-fry. Some are innovative twists on classics; others are tried-and-true favorites. Author and blogger Nadia Hassani combines her German and Tunisian heritage by braiding challah dough around a rhubarb filling. Chef Reem Assil discovered muhammara while visiting her father's family in Syria. Ivan Garcia's pozole is eaten in Mexico to celebrate Mother's Day, birthdays, and "sometimes a divorce." Moushabeck strikes a balance between big-name chefs (Michelin-starred chef and humanitarian José Andrés checks in with his wife's gazpacho) and figures such as Tunde Wey, who emigrated from Nigeria at 16 and runs a dinner series exploring race. Wey's contribution is a recipe for smoky jollof rice, made with turmeric, coriander, and chili pepper. Affection for these dishes is palpable: writer Samantha Seneviratne says that her cashew semolina cake from Sri Lanka is so fragrant that it "doubles as aromatherapy" while baking. This is an outstanding melting pot of recipes. (Dec.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A culinary celebration of the many ethnic groups that have contributed to America's vibrant food culture collects recipes by renowned chefs from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A DIVERSE BOUNTY OF RECIPES BY IMMIGRANT CHEFS FROM AROUND THE WORLD INTERLINK PUBLISHING WILL DONATE A MINIMUM OF $5 FROM THE SALE OF EACH BOOK TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION TO SUPPORT THE ACLU’S IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS PROJECT More than 42 million people living in the United States came here from other countries. Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. These émigrés, from every corner of the world, helped make America great long before the 2016 election. Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. What would the Southwest be without its piquant green chili pepper sauces and stews, New York City without its iconic Jewish delis, Dearborn without its Arab eateries, or Louisiana without the Creole and Cajun flavors of its signature gumbos and jambalayas? Imagine an America without pizza or pad Thai, hummus or hot dogs, sushi or strudel—for most people, it wouldn’t taste much like America at all. In these times of troubling anti-immigrant rhetoric, The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great offers a culinary celebration of the many ethnic groups that have contributed to America’s vibrant food culture. This beautifully photographed cookbook features appetizers, entrees, and desserts—some familiar favorites, some likely to be new encounters—by renowned chefs from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe.