Monday, August 5, 2013

Taste of Home Recipes Across America (Book Review)

Coming in September from Taste of Home is Recipes Across America:  735 of the Best Recipes from Across the Nation.  I've enjoyed all of the Taste of Home cookbooks I've read, so I jumped at the chance to review this one (at no cost to me).

Recipes Across America is divided into five regions:  Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, and West.  Within each region are groups of recipes for main dishes, sides, and sweets.  The recipes were chosen to highlight the flavors, local favorites, and classic recipes of each region.  I especially appreciate the inclusion of ethnic favorites, handed down through the generations.

In addition to the recipes--nearly every one of which is accompanied by a gorgeous photograph--the book includes fun food facts and folklore, and photographs of festivals and local landmarks.

My personal favorite section was for the Southwest region.  I tried the recipe for Arroz con Pollo.  Even though I had to make modifications (I didn't have all ingredients on hand and didn't have time to run out to the store), my family enjoyed the result.  The next recipe I plan to try is for Lime Chicken Tacos, and I'll share that one with you in a moment.

If you like to grill, you'll find about 40 recipes that are cooked on a grill.  If, like me, you're a fan of the slow cooker, the book has about 30 recipes--including the Lime Chicken Tacos.  Most all of the recipes start with real ingredients, not convenience foods--yet they're not difficult or labor-intensive to prepare.  I love that.

For more information, or to order your own copy, visit Recipes Across America.  (After September you'll be able to purchase the copy where books are sold.)

And now, as promised, here is the recipe for Lime Chicken Tacos:

Here's a simple recipe for a casual dinner with friends or family. Use any leftover filling as a topping for tomorrow’s quick taco salad!
-- Tracy Gunter, Boise, Idaho

Prep: 10 min. 
Cook: 5½ Hours
Makes: 12 Tacos
1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup chunky salsa
12 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and shredded lettuce, optional
1. Place the chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine lime juice and chili powder; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
2. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Shred meat with two forks and return to the slow cooker; heat through. Stir in corn and salsa.
3. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve in tortillas with sour cream, cheese and lettuce if desired.

About Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief
Catherine M. Cassidy is Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home. She is responsible for driving editorial direction and product strategy across the brand's media platforms. They include Taste of Home, the number one food and entertaining magazine in the world;; social media; special interest publications; and cookbooks. She also is responsible for editorial direction for the magazines Simple & Delicious and Healthy Cooking and Enthusiast Brands Birds and Blooms, Country, Country Woman, Farm and Ranch Living, and Reminisce.

About Taste of Home
Taste of Home is a go-to resource for the holidays and any time of the year for information on food, cooking and entertaining. Each year, thousands of great home cooks from across the United States and Canada submit more than 40,000 recipes, of which 3,000 are published in Taste of Home magazines and online, making Taste of Home one of the largest and most successful practitioners of user generated content. Before being published, every recipe is tested in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen to ensure that it can be prepared with affordable, everyday ingredients from regular grocery stores. Taste of Home content is available in print; online at; in books; via digital download on iPad, mobile apps and Kindle; and Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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1 comment :

  1. i would love to see this with the landmarks and what not...
    how cool...


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