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One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking

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By Molly O’Neill

Simon & Schuster, $50

It would take one big cookbook indeed to capture the richness of the American table, but with this colossal tome—nearly 900 pages in length, 5-1/2 pounds in heft, and a decade in the making—former New York Times columnist Molly O’Neill pulls it off. The 600 recipes (selected from some 20,000 that O’Neill gathered from cooks across the nation) form a portrait of contemporary American cooking, albeit one that glimmers with history. In every recipe—like Bubby Frey’s Famous Rooster Stew, Elisabetta Lecce Baiamonte’s Devilish Eggs, and Abuela’s Mexican Flan—memory and nostalgia are essential ingredients. Ten chapters cover nibbles, savory mains, and sweets. Enjoy the feast.

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  • Chefonthego | 02/03/2011

    Did anyone proof read this book?!! The recipes have gross errors. The corn bread recipe asks for double the amount of flour and cornmeal. How can you ask $50 for a cookbook that hasn't been recipe tested! Shame on you Molly O'Neil!

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