Okay, okay, so the pun might be slightly lame, but I have finally finished The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites. It’s the sort of book that lends itself to being read in small chunks, so it’s been residing in my bathroom drawer for, well, months. (Judge me if you will, but when you’re a stay-at-home mom, stealing enough time for a page or two a few times a day can do wonders for your sanity. In retrospect, perhaps that’s why my parents always took longer in the bathroom than it seemed like they should have…)
My sister actually recommended this one to me, and overall, it was an enjoyable read. O’Connell is sometimes heavy-handed with her social commentary, but the occasional hilarity of her regular commentary balances that out decently well. (The section on beaver tail made me laugh out loud.) Some of her “bites” were more general than I might have preferred, but much of her information was fascinating. Ultimately, it’s a great book for a food lover to read in snatches. And if you try any of the recipes, let me know how they are!