From the beignets of New Orleans to the deep dish pizza of Chicago, every state has a dish for which it is famous. Trying new foods is one of my favorite things about traveling. In fact, doing just that on a road trip last summer sparked the idea for this blog! I tasted a bunch of new (to me) foods on that trip — a Philadelphia cheesesteak, a Maine lobster roll, fresh Vermont maple syrup — and each bite was incredible. I’ll remember those moments forever, and I yearn to recreate them in my own kitchen.
Last week, Amazon introduced a new tool that makes searching for regional American cookbooks a bit simpler. The Great American Eats map highlights about 500 new and classic cookbooks by region. The map makes it easier to locate a local cookbook or learn more about a specific cuisine or state.
Speaking of regional cuisine: I’m psyched that chef Ashley Christensen of Raleigh brought home the James Beard award for best chef in the Southeast this week. Christensen’s restaurants in Raleigh are some of my all-time favorites. (I’d highly recommend them!) The James Beard awards are essentially the Oscars of the food world, so it’s a huge honor to have Christensen in North Carolina. She doesn’t have a cookbook yet, but I sincerely hope it’s coming soon. // susannah