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A new cookbook of delicious, innovative, down-to-earth recipes, inspired by the fabulous melting pot of American food and street culture, from the acclaimed chef and James Beard Award winner.
Urban Italian and the chef-owner of Locanda Verde, takes readers on a wonderfully rich and diverse tour through the ingredients and cuisines that constitute American Flavor. Using both traditional foodways and the multicultural neighborhoods, global eateries, and ethnic groceries that dot the American landscape as his inspiration, he introduces delicious, innovative, and interesting food that is accessible to and economical for both home cooks and serious chefs alike.
American Flavor includes dishes inflected with his French and Italian training, but also explores the diverse heritage of American food, from Poland to Japan, Ireland to Thailand, Mexico to Morocco. Each recipe reflects Carmellini’s fresh, laid-back style, his Midwestern roots, his big-city palate, and his emphasis on great ingredients and intensely flavorful combinations. And every recipe has been tested in the chef’s own apartment kitchen, using local ingredients and common kitchen equipment.
Carmellini offers tips on neighborhood joints and local shops he loves, reveals his sources of inspiration, and shares the dishes he likes to cook at home. With American Flavor, ordinary food can look and taste like superstar cuisine.