|Matthew Gavin Frank.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||432 / 2015|
Can America be understood through its cuisine? Absolutely, suggests the author of Preparing the Ghost, who experiences a quintessential dish in each state, interweaving the culinary with cultural associations of each region. From Florida's key lime pie to Montana's elk stew, the Nevada Cocktail, and the ominously named New Jersey Ripper, this illustrated tour commemorates the unexpected origins of the familiar and the bizarre—and eating beaver tail would probably qualify. With sharp wit and an eye for the surreal detail, Matthew Gavin Frank considers how these dishes are made and by whom in his vivid accounts, while including the occasional recipe along the way.