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4.2 out of 5 stars

on April 18, 2018
On one hand, Buttermilk Graffiti gives us the dramatic sweep of American Regional food in the 21st Century. As in 1939's United States Regional Cookbook, and Molly O'Neill's 2010 One Big Table, this food reflects place and people who've come from near and far. Edward Lee is as much an anthropologist and philosopher as he is gifted chef. His odyssey never nods, even as he questions his voyeurism and the possibility that he is appropriating someone else's cuisine.
One the other hand, the recipes will require serious kitchen time to understand what he's done with the inspirations he found. I've not yet had time to do that. As an expatriated Southerner, my first recipe test will be the Lacy Cornbread, the last recipe in this tour-de-force.
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on May 17, 2018
While I bought this thinking it was more like his previous book smoke and pickles, I was not disappointed.
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on April 20, 2018
Great read! Good stories along with many recipes I’m looking forward to trying out. Can’t wait!
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on August 5, 2018
Well-written account of Chef Lee’s travels across the US visiting home-town restaurants, exploring their menu items, and getting to know their staff and owners. Not just a recipe book.
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on May 26, 2018
A thoroughly enjoyable read that was honest, entertaining, and had great voice. I loved the exploration of the topic of immigrant food and how it evolves with each generation. One of the freshest food books I’ve read in a while.
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on June 17, 2018
Great read
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on August 7, 2018
I loved this book. It made me think differently about the food brought to America from other countries. I loved hearing the stories of the people who brought it here.
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on May 30, 2018
Cool book! I'd love to just travel around exploring various things! I enjoyed Edward Lee's book and especially the recipes! The recipe for haesenpfeffer will be passed on to my daughter who makes a mean rabbit!
Thank you to publisher for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.
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on July 2, 2018
Author is insufferably pretentious. Could not stand this book for more than a few minutes. He wouldn't even include pictures because you the reader should "trust your instincts". This book is just an excuse for the author to blab on and on about himself, rather than share any useful recipes. 0/5
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