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.
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.
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.