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Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions

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The culinary traditions of the native peoples of the Americas are celebrated in this lavish book produced in association with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Written by chef Fernando Divina and Marlene Divina, who is of Chippewa heritage, FOODS OF THE AMERICAS presents 140 modern recipes that incorporate a wide array of foods cultivated by native pe...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Ten Speed Press
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Jennifer Parks
One of the most interesting museums on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Ten Speed Press, in association with the museum has published a cookbook written by Fernando and Marlene Divina that celebrates the native ingredients of the Americas. Foods of the Americas, Native Recipes and Traditions highlights over 100 recipes featuring corn, potatoes, chile, berries, wild rice, and other iconic new world ingredients. In addition to the re...more
Victoria Moore
Large, colorful, informative and eloquently written "Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions" by Fernando and Marlene Divina took me on a culinary adventure I won't soon forget. Initially I picked it up to inspire my own Thanksgiving feast but after reading it I realized the food I usually associate with that holiday were introduced by various Native Americans as sustenance, celebration and a way to preserve their culture.
The most effective part of the book for me were the persona...more
Avis Black
Most of these recipes are not even remotely 'native,' but rather are 'inspired by' native foods and recipes. If you want to find out what Indians in North and South America actually ate five hundred years ago before contact with whites, go elsewhere.

A case in point: Wild Rice and Corn Fritters. Indians living in wild rice growing areas and corn growing areas were separated from each other by large stretches of geography, and it's highly unlikely any native recipes that would have mixed the two....more
I picked this book up in Maine at the Abbe Native Heritage Museum. It is produced by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. I have been generally pleased with the recipes. It was awarded a James Beard Foundation Award.
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Beautifully illustrated with gorgeous photographs and stories, this cookbook is intended for a modern audience who wants to understand traditional foods but still would prefer recipes aimed at a modern palate.
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Dec 31, 2009 Kitchen Tourist rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in an updated "gourmet" take on traditional ingredients and Native American dishes
A beautiful book full of lovely photographs and many interesting stories, but definitely not as focused on "authentic" recipes as some of the other books I reviewed. Many were clearly intended to
This book taught me to make fry-bread. It's every bit as good as my Uncle Bob's was. Need I say more?
I read only the essays and skimmed the recipes.
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