About the book
The Taste of America is a compendium of the best food in the USA. From the finest artisan cheeses to the fieriest chili sauce to the juiciest oysters, it is a celebration of the very best food produced in America, selected by renowned food expert and passionate eater, Colman Andrews.
It covers 250 of the most exceptional food products manufactured and on sale in the USA (whether on a small or a large scale), with an emphasis on those with distinctive regional characteristics, including but not limited to dairy products, oils, vinegars, sauces, flours, syrups, breads, hams, cakes, confectionery, and preserves. It will also cover the best fresh ingredients, again emphasizing those with distinctive regional characteristics, including fruit and vegetables, seafood, and meat.
Each item has a lively and accessible text of no less than 300 words detailing its history, production methods, and applications, along with a description that vividly evokes its flavour and aromas in an engaging way that makes the reader want to seek it out. Specially commissioned illustrations by Joël Penkman accompany many of the texts.
The book opens with an introduction by Colman Andrews and is structured into chapters according to food type. It includes a directory of producers providing details of how to obtain every product.