Originally published in: 2016
What it’s about: Lohman identifies eight flavors that she believes are integral to and representative of American cuisine and explains the history behind each.
What made me pick it up: I was browsing new books just before lunch and something about food sounded appealing.
My favorite things: I found it interesting to read the reasons behind each flavor’s inclusion. Lohman does a good job of providing historical context for each and discussing the impact of immigration on cuisine. She also visits a variety of production facilities and it’s kind of cool to get a peek into how the different flavors are cultivated. Plus, there are recipes included for each flavor if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
Who it’s great for: Fans and readers of culinary history. Cooks and food lovers interested in the story behind the flavors they enjoy.