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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, by Edward Lee

This book made me think a lot about cuisines in the US. Lee celebrates immigrants and their cuisine and the cacophony of bringing them together. Lee is no purist, but nor is his “melting pot” hegemonic. His adventure across the US to unexpected places and his beautiful writing about the dishes he finds (and the recipes he creates) will have you hungry for more. It’s not an uncontroversial position Lee takes, but it comes from the best of places. Worth a read.

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