Almost a dozen books from the Milestones in American History series arrived in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library this week. These short, illustrated books are aimed at a young-adult audience and cover a broad range of subjects, spanning from the Boston Tea Party to the Oregon Trail, from the Emancipation Proclamation to the Attack on Pearl Harbor to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
But the book that we’re featuring this week is One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking, 600 Recipes from the Nation’s Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs by Molly O’Neill. Ten years ago, the former New York Times food columnist embarked on a transcontinental road trip to investigate reports that Americans had stopped cooking at home. As she traveled highways, dirt roads, bayous, and coastlines gathering stories and recipes, it was immediately apparent that dire predictions about the end of American cuisine were vastly overstated. This collection of recipes is lavishly illustrated with historic photographs, folk art, vintage advertisements, and family snapshots that celebrate heirloom recipes. From Boston baked beans to baby back ribs, from gumbo to fajitas, from brisket to barbecue, this book celebrates the diversity of American cuisine… and makes us hungry just looking at it!