By Andrew Carmellini
In American Flavor, Andrew Carmellini—two time James Beard Award winner, acclaimed writer of Urban Italian, and govt chef-owner of the hit big apple urban eating places Locanda Verde and The Dutch—offers an impressive choice of scrumptious, leading edge, down-to-earth recipes and tales that get on the soul of ways we consume this day. encouraged by means of either conventional nearby cuisines and the multicultural neighborhoods, international eateries, and ethnic groceries that dot the yankee panorama American Flavor combines a United international locations of cultural impacts into delicious dishes which are a cornucopia of delights for armchair foodies, fanatics of large cooks Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Nate Appleman, and chefs at each ability point who savor genuine American nutrition twenty first century-style: subtle yet down-to-earth, rustic yet subtle, and continuously deeply flavored and delicious.
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