There is a new American culinary landscape developing around us, and its one that chef Edward Lee is proud to represent. In a nation of immigrants who bring their own culinary backgrounds to this country, what happens one or even two generations later? What does their cuisine become? It turns into a cuisine uniquely its own and one that Lee argues makes America the most interesting place to eat on earth. Lee illustrates this through his own life story of being a Korean immigrant and a New Yorker and now a Southerner. In Off the Menu, he shows how we each have a unique food memoir that is worthy of exploration. To Lee, recipes are narratives and a conduit to learn about a person, a place, or a point in time. He says that the best way to get to know someone is to eat the food they eat. Each chapter shares a personal tale of growth and self-discovery through the foods Lee eats and the foods of the people he interacts withwhether its the Korean budae jjigae of his father or the mustard beer cheese he learns to make from his wifes German-American family. Each chapter is written in narrative form and punctuated with two recipes to highlight the story, including Green Tea Beignets, Cornbread Pancakes with Rhubarb Jam, and Butternut Squash Schnitzel. Each recipe tells a story, but when taken together, they form the arc of the narrative and contribute to the story we call the new American food....
|Title||:||Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine Reviews
I loved this thoughtful and passionate travel memoir with recipes. Chef Lee explores the intersectionality of food, culture and the evolution of "authenticity." You'll want to visit each of these places and try all the food. The recipes look fantastic with the classic Chef Lee twists. Can't wait to test them out.
I received an ARC from the publisher but all opinions are my own.
Edward Lee travels America, eating the local cuisines and talking to the local cuisine makers. Fifteen years ago, during the Bush/Kerry campaign, I did something similar. I enjoyed this book that triggered some long-forgotten memories of my trip around my country, and everything I learned about it on the way.
Although Lee explains at the beginning of the book that he didn't include pictures of the food so that people wouldn't be discouraged that their attempts didn't look like the pictures of th ...more
Buttermilk Graffiti isn't really a cookbook--it's more of a collection of Edward Lee's thoughts and travels throughout America to trace the roots, people and history of various cuisines and food. It is thought-provoking, philosophical and a sentimental book written by someone very clearly passionate about food.
Brilliant. There's a sentence at the end of chapter 10 that gut punched me.
Cool book! I'd love to just travel around exploring various things! I enjoyed Edward Lee's book and especially the recipes! The recipe for haesenpfeffer will be passed on to my daughter who makes a mean rabbit!
Thank you to publisher for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.
Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee was an awesome pleasure to read! I absolutely loved everything about this book! It was real. It was human. Culturally enriching. Diverse. Powerful. Expansive. Brilliantly well balanced. My mouth watered. Constantly. I honestly feel as though I've just gleaned some tightly held cooking secrets while having a pretty dope catch up conversation with my friend.
Lee's anecdotal realness throughout his exploratory search across America for traditional cuisines, provide ...more
A thoroughly enjoyable read that was honest, entertaining, and had great voice. I loved the exploration of the topic of immigrant food and how it evolves with each generation. One of the freshest food books I’ve read in a while.
Not a cookbook for food but a wonderful collection of essays on life. Delicious slices of culture, cuisine, and people who cook. An American travelogue thru places you might otherwise overlook like Patterson, NJ, Detroit, not the Derby in Louisville, KY.