Jamie Oliver has taken his love of food over to America, to find out about real American food. Essentially, the undertone of the book and the journey is to discover what real American food really is, and why fast food has taken over in such a major way, and destroyed what was once a rich and diverse culinary culture.
Jamie’s America is a reminder of how diverse America really is, in both geography and its people. With excellent salmon, fantastic beef and a massive variety of fruits, vegetables and other produce, it seems sad that most people consider the hamburger to be America’s food.
Jamie will try real American food and meet the most interesting cooks and producers that this vast country has to offer. His epic journey will take him to the heart of America: its people, culture, music and, most importantly, its food. Along the way Jamie will be getting his hands dirty – meeting hunters, cowboys, fishermen and local producers – as he finds out about the best (and strangest) ingredients on offer. He won’t just be sampling, he’ll be getting involved: entering a gumbo ‘throw-down’ in Louisiana, fishing in California and sampling bison in Montana as he joins life on a ranch. As well as being a visually stunning journey, “Jamie’s America” is a practical cookbook, with each chapter focusing on the food and recipes of a different state. And the food will be as varied as the landscapes – from spicy Mexican in the desert to freshly caught Alaskan salmon. With 120 brand new recipes, and Jamie’s diary narrative running alongside, this will be a celebratory cookbook of a country with a wide food heritage.
We hope that this book will remind American what great natural resources they have growing in their country, and that the people of America will seek out new tastes and experience the food of yesteryear, and in the process, reduce reliance on junk food and reverse the tide of obesity that it gripping America today.
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