American Home Cooking : Over 300 Spirited Recipes Celebrating Our Rich Tradition of Home Cooking

by Bill Jamison, Cheryl Alters Jamison

ISBN-10: 0060747641
ISBN-13: 9780060747640
Region: USA
Publication Date: January, 2005
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Publishers Information

About American Home Cooking : Over 300 Spirited Recipes Celebrating Our Rich Tradition of Home Cooking

Publisher Web Link: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/

Nothing says American like American home cooking. From a steaming bowl of New England Clam Chowder, to Tucson Chimichangas, to Door County Sour Cherry Pie, these are the dishes that form the soul of our collected culinary heritage. And these are the recipes best-selling authors Cheryl and Bill Jamison serve up -- in their award-winning cookbook American Home Cooking.

Cheryl and Bill invite you to sample a coast-to-coast feast of more than 300 recipes straight from the heart of America’s own home cooking tradition. The Jamisons traveled, dined, and cooked with people all over the United States, gathering recipe inspiration along the way. They visited cheese crafters in Wisconsin, overnighted with Pennsylvania Dutch farmers, and picked up techniques for frying catfish from the first African American catfish farmer in Mississippi. They ate warm fig cake on Okracoke Island and chilled Dungeness crab freshly pulled from Oregon waters. The result is a collection of simple, full-flavored dishes that truly reflect the appetite -- and the spirit -- of America.

American Home Cooking features the best dishes ever created in American home kitchens. All the recipes are supermarket-friendly, easy to make, and loaded with robust flavors, from all-time favorites like meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, and lemon meringue pie to regional dishes such as Tidewater Peanut Soup, Kansas City Sugar-and-Spice Spareribs, King Ranch Chicken, Maui Mango Bread, and Catahoula Sweet-Dough Pies.

A bona-fide culinary classic, this sweeping collection offers delicious ideas for every meal and occasion, and includes sidebar quotes from American literary and culinary heroes like MarkTwain and Julia Child. Bring the best of America’s home cooking tradition into your home with American Home Cooking.

Author Information

About Bill Jamison

Author Web Link: http://cookingwiththejamisons.com/

Our love of food and travel brought us together nearly 25 years ago. No one was more surprised than us when it turned out we could make a living pursuing these twin passions.

We learned to love food through our grandparents initially, and began cooking the same way most home cooks do, through trial and more than a few errors in our own home kitchen. Neither of us has any professional culinary training or restaurant experience, and we never planned on a career in any kind of food-related work. We simply pursued a zest for good food and where it comes from and ended up passing along that knowledge in books, articles, and classes.

The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook, our first culinary work, grew out of our early experience in travel writing. During the 1980s we wrote and regularly updated four travel guides, one about the Santa Fe area and three others on the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico in Houghton Mifflin’s series on Best Places to Stay. Aware of these publications, a famous New Mexico restaurant, the Rancho de Chimayó, approached us about putting together a small book commemorating the institution’s 25th anniversary. We helped them develop written recipes for their traditional regional dishes and presented those along with the story of the restaurant and the historic village of Chimayó.

We loved the research, and the recipe development and testing, so we decided to supplement our travel writing with similar works. When our third cookbook, Smoke & Spice, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1995, we shifted our priorities to focus more heavily on food. Since then, we’ve written ten additional cookbooks, several of which have also received awards from the Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. In 2008, with the publication of Around the World in 80 Dinners, we’re fusing both of our interests in a culinary adventure travel narrative.

Before we did any published writing, both of us worked in arts management. Bill also worked in the past as a professor of American history at Southwest Texas State University, a lecturer for the National Humanities Series, and a management consultant in London for British Airways and Honeywell. Cheryl has done extensive volunteer work throughout her life, having served as board president for both the Friends of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market and the local chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In 2007, she received the annual University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni award.

Cheryl grew up in Galesburg, Illinois, where she learned from her parents the joy of a perfect vine-ripened tomato and lettuce picked just before dinner. Bill’s family hails from the Texas Hill Country, an area devoted to barbecued brisket and spicy chiles, foods he still loves. We’ve lived most of the last 30 years in Tesuque, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe, in a converted adobe dairy barn shaded by fruit trees.  (http://cookingwiththejamisons.com/)

Cookbooks by Bill Jamison


About Cheryl Alters Jamison

Author Web Link: http://cookingwiththejamisons.com/

Our love of food and travel brought us together nearly 25 years ago. No one was more surprised than us when it turned out we could make a living pursuing these twin passions.

We learned to love food through our grandparents initially, and began cooking the same way most home cooks do, through trial and more than a few errors in our own home kitchen. Neither of us has any professional culinary training or restaurant experience, and we never planned on a career in any kind of food-related work. We simply pursued a zest for good food and where it comes from and ended up passing along that knowledge in books, articles, and classes.

The Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook, our first culinary work, grew out of our early experience in travel writing. During the 1980s we wrote and regularly updated four travel guides, one about the Santa Fe area and three others on the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico in Houghton Mifflin’s series on Best Places to Stay. Aware of these publications, a famous New Mexico restaurant, the Rancho de Chimayó, approached us about putting together a small book commemorating the institution’s 25th anniversary. We helped them develop written recipes for their traditional regional dishes and presented those along with the story of the restaurant and the historic village of Chimayó.

We loved the research, and the recipe development and testing, so we decided to supplement our travel writing with similar works. When our third cookbook, Smoke & Spice, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1995, we shifted our priorities to focus more heavily on food. Since then, we’ve written ten additional cookbooks, several of which have also received awards from the Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. In 2008, with the publication of Around the World in 80 Dinners, we’re fusing both of our interests in a culinary adventure travel narrative.

Before we did any published writing, both of us worked in arts management. Bill also worked in the past as a professor of American history at Southwest Texas State University, a lecturer for the National Humanities Series, and a management consultant in London for British Airways and Honeywell. Cheryl has done extensive volunteer work throughout her life, having served as board president for both the Friends of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market and the local chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In 2007, she received the annual University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni award.

Cheryl grew up in Galesburg, Illinois, where she learned from her parents the joy of a perfect vine-ripened tomato and lettuce picked just before dinner. Bill’s family hails from the Texas Hill Country, an area devoted to barbecued brisket and spicy chiles, foods he still loves. We’ve lived most of the last 30 years in Tesuque, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe, in a converted adobe dairy barn shaded by fruit trees.  (http://cookingwiththejamisons.com/)

Cookbooks by Cheryl Alters Jamison


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