American Flavor by Andrew CarmelliniAmerican Flavor by Andrew Carmellini

American Flavor

byAndrew Carmellini

Hardcover | October 18, 2011

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In American Flavor, Andrew Carmellini—two time James Beard Award winner, acclaimed author of Urban Italian, and executive chef-owner of the hit New York City restaurants Locanda Verde and The Dutch—offers a magnificent collection of delicious, innovative, down-to-earth recipes and stories that get at the soul of how we eat today. Inspired by both traditional regional cuisines and the multicultural neighborhoods, global eateries, and ethnic groceries that dot the American landscape American Flavor combines a United Nations of cultural influences into scrumptious dishes that are a cornucopia of delights for armchair foodies, fans of super chefs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Nate Appleman, and cooks at every skill level who appreciate real American food 21st century-style: sophisticated but down-to-earth, rustic but refined, and always deeply flavored and delicious.
Andrew Carmellini is the chef and co-owner of Locanda Verde and The Dutch restaurants in New York City, and the author ofUrban Italian, named a Best Book of the Year byPublishers Weekly. He has won two James Beard awards and was named as Best New Chef byFood & Winein 2000. He lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Gwen Hyman.
Title:American FlavorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 10.25 × 8.25 × 1.26 inPublished:October 18, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061963291

ISBN - 13:9780061963292


Rated 3 out of 5 by from High expectations, unfortunately unmet I bought American Flavor pretty much sight unseen. I'd read a couple of reviews online all lauding Andrew Carmellini's follow up to Urban Italian, which I own and like. With the online accolades rolling in, previous established cookbook history and of course Chef Carmellini's chef pedigree, this one seemed like a no brainer. Was it? If you also have Urban Italian, then the format of American Flavor should be familiar. Chef Carmellini takes you on a journey through his culinary life as told through his stories and adventures. The modern cookbook is more than a collection of recipes. It's a chance for the chef to show the reader how these dishes came to be, what a chef thinks and what makes him tick. American Flavor does this. Chef Carmellini's stories are humourous, plentiful, and provide us with a window into his personality. You almost know him without having met him. American Flavor is a journey through the United States, through different regions and dishes that immigrants to those regions have brought. What you end up with is Chef Carmellini's spin on a hodgepodge of ethnic cuisines: European, South American, Asian, etc. While I suppose the variety is admirable, it becomes hard to make this a "go to" source for anything unless the recipes are really top notch. And that, in fact, is where I found the book disappointing. I did give a fair number of the recipes a try, 10 in all, across all chapters save for dessert. Rather than discuss each separately, it'd be easier just to say that they all shared one quality: they were "okay". Don't get me wrong, they aren't terrible or inedible. They're certainly "serviceable" recipes. But there's nothing in the recipes I tried that had me smacking my lips and wanting more. Given Chef Carmellini's previous book and pedigree, this was what I expected as I know he's capable. I really liked Urban Italian, and I wanted to like American Flavor, too. Unfortunately, it just didn't work out that way, and that's too bad.
Date published: 2017-01-12