Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine

Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine

There is a new American culinary landscape developing around us, and it?s one that chef Edward Lee is proud to represent. In a nation of immigrants who bring their own culinary backgrounds to this country, what happens one or even two generations later? What does their cuisine become? It turns into a cuisine uniquely its own and one that Lee argues makes America the most i There is a new American culinary landscape developing around us, and it?s one that chef Edward Lee is proud to repres...

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Title:Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
Author:Edward Lee
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Genres:Food and Drink
ISBN:Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 12, 2018
    "Immigrants: we get the job done." (That's a Hamilton reference, y'all.) Edward Lee veers off in a slightly new direction in this travel memoir that also includes recipes (I really want people to stop calling this a cookbook, it isn't.) He visits places in America that have unique f...
  • ThatPickledReader
    May 31, 2018
    Buttermilk Graffiti isn't really a cookbook--it's more of a collection of Edward Lee's thoughts and travels throughout America to trace the roots, people and history of various cuisines and food. It is thought-provoking, philosophical and a sentimental book written by someone very clea...
  • Graham Oliver
    Jun 21, 2018
    The recipes and conceptualization of the food mechanics were fine (and I plan on trying to vegetarianize a few of the recipes), but the description/analysis/observations of the places/people/foodways were pretty simplistic/shallow/not interestingly written. ...
  • Janet
    Jun 15, 2018
    It?s not a cookbook. It?s a memoir/travel memoir/ode to good food from all over. The food we eat and the places we enjoyed it stick with us in our memories where we can pull them back to offer comfort and good feelings. I enjoyed Lee?s description of all the places he visited, bu...
  • Robin
    Mar 11, 2018
    Fascinating look at various American communities and the food that has evolved from melding regions and international cuisine. Lots of recipes included but while they were fun to peruse, they didn't hold much interest since my digestive issues can't tolerate many of the ingredients. I ...
  • Mahlon
    Jul 16, 2018
    I like Edward Lee a lot, he's good on TV and a good storyteller. The book itself is surprisingly well-written but when he got deep into the origins of the names of various things like benights I just lost interest. ...
  • Misha
    Jun 11, 2018
    It's up and down. Some chapters are great, others dull. I might read an article of eating here around DC now that Lee has estsblished himself here. Nothing close on his road trips. In fall I want to come back to it and try out the buttenut schnitzel. ...
  • Sandy
    Jun 08, 2018
    Although I found this book interesting in the beginning by the time I was halfway through it all started becoming repetitive ...
  • Joe Jones
    Jan 03, 2018
    This is not your typical cookbook. Not even close. There are recipes at the end of each chapter but they are just a fraction of what I got out of this book. Instead Chef Edward Lee gave me a glimpse of different cultures that came to this country and the foods that define them and how ...
  • Lucie
    Dec 11, 2018
    Follow Chef Lee on a journey to find where he fits in the American culinary scene. Half Korean and half black, he refuses to be cook what other people think he should cook, but rather he wants to chart his own course. Part of that course is to see what has become of immigrant food prep...
  • Birdie
    May 27, 2018
    I love everything about this book! An unorthodox foodie travelogue! The author finds the soul of the people he meets and shows it to us. I can't wait to read more by him! ...
  • Colleen
    May 14, 2018
    A fun read from an interesting perspective with recipes at the end of every chapter; my only complaint is that I read it too quickly and still want more. ...
  • Jamie Jones Hullinger
    Dec 30, 2018
    Loved this. It is fascinating, unique and fantastically presented. ...
  • Linda
    Jul 19, 2018
    I really enjoyed this one, maybe because Lee writes about places and foods familiar to me: Louisville, Houston & the Gulf, fufu, beignets. His adventure with a dead chicken in Paterson, NJ, was a delight. This made me want to be more adventurous with my eating, she said, then ate a...
  • Janet
    Dec 07, 2017
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. But for Edward Lee,...
  • Cathie
    Mar 17, 2018
    quite an interesting gourmand travelogue! ...
  • Amy
    May 22, 2018
    I received this book as a gift for making an ongoing donation to my public radio station. So I was a little skeptical it would be good (mainly because they were giving it away). But the premise sounded interesting and I often like a foodie memoir. Edward Lee is a chef here in Louisvill...
  • J.S.
    May 20, 2018
    Not a cookbook, and in the best way possible. A cookbook has never made me cry. This book had me alternately tearing up, laughing out loud, and flat out shaking my head at what I didn't know. The personal stories were moving and thought-provoking. Great job Chef Lee. I will read more o...
  • Mitch Karunaratne
    Dec 30, 2018
    After reading this I have a massive list of places I want to go and food I want to eat...including eating a Shapiros pastrami sandwich at the Brownstone speedway track in Jackson County. However, it?s Edward Lee himself that is the hidden star of the show! His writing is brilliant, h...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Feb 25, 2019
    My husband and I discovered after bingeing all available seasons of The Great British Bakeoff that we really enjoy food-related television, and our fascination led us to Netflix shows like Cooked, Ugly Delicious, and Salt Fat Acid Heat. Buttermilk Graffiti is like those shows, but in b...
  • JD Mitchell
    Apr 04, 2019
    I was not expecting a whole lot from this but I live in the same city as Edward Lee and I love what he does for the community (feeding TSA workers, making donations to LGBTQ Youth Groups), so I figured I would check it out. And I loved it, almost immediately. In each chapter/essay, Lee...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 14, 2018
    Book 2 of the Brother/Sister book club was a big hit with my brother who went and got Lee?s Smoke & Pickles as well! This is similar to Michael Twitty?s The Cooking Gene but in essay length dives into the history of cuisines brought to the US as opposed to Twitty?s deep dive ...
  • Karin
    Sep 09, 2018
    I'm on a reading hot streak lately it seems.... this is a tight collection, exploring how the foods of different cultures change and blend across time and geography. Lee's voice is strong and the recipes he contributes look fantastic and original. My new benchmark for culinary writing....
  • Jenny
    May 09, 2018
    I liked the fact that this book evoked the emotional connection people have with food. It?s not about the taste of something always but who you share it with or memories from the past. I grew up going to visit relatives in West Virginia and eating those same pepperoni rolls. It?s ...
  • Cat
    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 fo...
  • Sally McComas
    May 26, 2018
    Resounding Voice 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. ...
  • Charles Smith
    Jun 06, 2018
    Brilliant. There's a sentence at the end of chapter 10 that gut punched me. ...
  • Stesha Brandon
    Jan 24, 2018
    Lee raises interesting questions about authenticity, tradition, and appropriation as he explores how immigrant food cultures impact American cuisine. ...
  • Jen Wood
    May 27, 2018
    Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee. This was an unexpected journey through immigrant culture via food. The author explored restaurants large and small all over the country, meeting chefs, cooks, fishermen, distillers and consumers of food and drink. Some were friendly and open, some not...
  • Carolyn
    Jan 26, 2019
    thoughtful, entertaining, and well-written ...