It’s no secret I love Italian food. Living in Italy with my Italian hubby helps a lot obviously… But that doesn’t mean I don’t like other cuisines… I adore Thai and Indonesian food as well! Mexican food….yummy!! And sometimes I just grave for American food. A big juicy hamburger is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of typical American food. But America food is so much more than that… I know nowadays we are all in to healthy food and I’m all for that as well, but hey, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have your “guilty-pleasure” moment once every now and then…right?? So I decided to buy the wonderful and delicious cookbook The American Cookbook – a fresh take on classic recipes. And that’s exactly what I love about this cookbook. You get to know the classic American recipes but with a little twist to it. And some sound extremely good I can promise you that!! Ok not everything might be perfect is you want to eat only healthy, but I really don’t care. Once in a while I love a less healthy bite….and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? I also love the fact the book shows you the classic recipes from different areas in America. It’s informative and I really like that as well!
So I thought to show you my top 5 recipes from this book that I’m planning to prepare…hopefully I’ll get you as excited about the book as I am!!
Here my top 5 recipes that I’m planning to make myself:
- Waldorf Salad
The Waldorf Salad is great, but this cookbook gives a new twist to it by using pears, blackberries and toasted pecans instead of the apples, grapes and walnuts. It sounds really good so I’m planning to make this as soon as I found a way of getting pecans…. I now aksed my mom to bring them from the Netherlands. Hopefully she can find them there because I can’t find them here in Italy….so sad, because pecans are so good!!!
- Fried Shrimp Po’ Boys
A recipe from New Orleans, completely new to me. But I love shrimps to death so this recipe got me curious. Funny fact is that po’ boy (short for poor boy) was created by New Orleans restaurant owners and former streetcar drivers Clovis and Benjamin Martin. When streetcar drivers went on strike in 1929, the brothers served the sandwich free to unemployed workers and the cry “here comes another poor boy” would go up in the kitchen each time – excerpt from the cookbook.
- Pulled Chicken Tacos
I would like to try both the original recipe with pulled chicken as one with shrimps and tequila. It’s a tip from this cookbook and it sounds great to me!! What do you think. Anybody ever tried it with shrimps and tequila??
- Double Chocolate Brownies
Ok, I’m a chocolate lover so these brownies are music to my ears!! But the book gives a brilliant tip to replace the chocolate chips with butterscotch pieces… Wow!! That must be heaven. I absolutely need to try these and let you know! Unfortunately I can’t find butterscotch here either so again I asked my mom to bring it to me form the Netherlands…keeping my fingers crossed she can find it there…because I desperately want to try these!!!
- Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Buns
I love pecans, caramel and cinnamon so these buns must be fabulous! Hopefully I can get my hands on the pecans because these should make a perfect dessert and a perfect beginning of the day for breakfast….
All thumbnail photos used in my top 5 best recipes are from the cookbook The American Cookbook!
You can buy the cookbook on Amazon.