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:Nonfiction
ISBN:1579657389
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...
  • pianogal
    May 14, 2018
    Good read. I've seen Edward on The Mind of Chef and I liked his stories here. He really did a good job finding stories that go beyond just the food. Also, I'd say that he has a very understanding wife for his to travel so much. ...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    Apr 15, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this food history journey with Chef Lee. Mr. Lee really took me on a grand experience. I not only got to use my sense of imagination but creative as well. This is due to the fact that there was only descriptions of the food as told by Mr. Lee and the contributors. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Michele
    May 12, 2018
    I really wanted to love this book, but was mostly disappointed. His writing is too precious, for example, describing kneading butter: ?Her hands clench and relax in a motion that seems as rehearsed as an ancient dance.? He talks about how his nervous system doesn't like MSG. Howe...
  • 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 ...
  • Monica
    Feb 08, 2018
    This is the first cookbook that I?ve ever read cover to cover, like a ?regular? book. His stories about the people he met were captivating. I felt like I was sitting at the table with them. I haven?t tried any of the recipes yet, but I will. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • Audrey
    Mar 24, 2018
    4.5 Stars I loved this thoughtful and passionate travel memoir with recipes. Chef Lee explores the intersectionality of food, culture and the evolution of "authenticity." You'll want to visit each of these places and try all the food. The recipes look fantastic with the classic Chef...
  • 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! ...
  • Angela
    Apr 27, 2018
    I loved this book! It's part memoir, part travel journal, part cook book. And I love how relevant it is to our current political climate: "As I watch America go through a new cycle of fear and hate, it pains me to see that the lessons of the past have done little to prevent the prejudi...
  • 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...
  • lisa
    Feb 14, 2018
    Edward Lee travels America, eating the local cuisines and talking to the local cuisine makers. Fifteen years ago, during the Bush/Kerry campaign, I did something similar. I enjoyed this book that triggered some long-forgotten memories of my trip around my country, and everything I lear...
  • 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...
  • Ivana
    Apr 21, 2018
    Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee was an awesome pleasure to read! I absolutely loved everything about this book! It was real. It was human. Culturally enriching. Diverse. Powerful. Expansive. Brilliantly well balanced. My mouth watered. Constantly. I honestly feel as though I've just ...
  • 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 ...
  • Audrey
    May 13, 2018
    Don?t dive into Buttermilk Graffiti thinking it?s just a cookbook because it?s so much more. I think the little blurb on the front is a perfect representation of what?s inside. In each section, Edward Lee travels to a different location learning the history of the local food an...
  • MaryBeth
    Apr 29, 2018
    Not a cookbook for food but a wonderful collection of essays on life. Delicious slices of culture, cuisine, and people who cook. An American travelogue thru places you might otherwise overlook like Patterson, NJ, Detroit, not the Derby in Louisville, KY. ...
  • 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...
  • Adam Stanley
    May 16, 2018
    Chef Ed Lee admits in his writing that he is not actually a writer, but you could have fooled me. His quick pace and poetic styling makes this a breezy read chalk-full of narratives around American cuisine ? the who, what, why, and how. ...
  • Pablo Snazzy
    Apr 30, 2018
    this is not a cookbook, but it's a cooking book, a book about cooking, philosophy, people, food. it made me think about food, it taught me a lot about different cultures, it was interesting, fascinating, and inspiring. there are recipes that i will attempt, there are recipes i have no ...