Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions

For many American Indians, food is more than sustenance–it is also of vital cultural significance. Salmon, buffalo, berries, acorns, quinoa, wild rice, tomatoes, chocolate, and especially corn–where these indigenous staples flourish, they have become a central part of Native American ceremonies and creation stories.
 
This illuminating book, produced in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, celebrates the amazing diversity of the original foods of North, Central, and South America. Winner of a 2005 James Beard Award, Foods of the Americas highlights indigenous ingredients, traditional recipes, and contemporary recipes with ancient roots. Written by chef Fernando Divina and his wife, Marlene Divina (who is of Chippewa, Cree, and Assiniboine heritage), Foods of the Americas includes 140 modern recipes representing tribes and communities from all regions of the Americas.
 
Some of the specialties are:
      Fry Bread
      Turkey with Oaxacan Black Mole
      Wild Rice and Corn Fritters
      Venison with Juniper and Wild Huckleberry Sauce
      Chilean-Style Avocado and Shrimp Salad
 
To complement the recipes, Foods of the Americas also features nine illustrated short essays by American Indian writers who offer personal insights into a variety of indigenous food traditions. With enticing food photography and images from the museum’s collection, Foods of the Americas is not only an innovative tribute to the foods of the Western Hemisphere but also a gorgeous testament to the Native contribution to American cuisine.

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The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook: Fresh, Fun, and Delicious Vegan Recipes That Will Entice and Satisfy Vegetarians and Nonvegetarians Alike

When people ask Tanya Petrovna, “Are you a strict vegetarian?” she replies, “No, I’m a fun vegetarian!” The visionary behind the Native Foods chain of restaurants, Tanya is known for creating cuisine that is nutritious, organic, compassionate, and delicious. And with signature dishes like her dairy-free cheesecake made from cashew nuts, she proves that healthy, animal-friendly eating can be indulgent and fun.

Now, with this book, Tanya’s best recipes can be made at home, including: “Fun Mung Curry,” “Seitan Olé Mole,” and “Rockin’ Moroccan Skewers.” Plus, there are plenty of outrageous desserts such as “Elephant Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon Peanut Butter Topping,” “Sam’s Vegan Cheesecake,” and “Chocolate French Silk Lingerie Pie.”

The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook also contains glossaries of ingredients, utensils, and cooking methods and instructions for making your own seitan from scratch.

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Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations: Traditional and Contemporary Native American Recipes

In this gloriously photographed book, renowned photographer and Native American–food expert Lois Ellen Frank, herself part Kiowa, presents more than 80 recipes that are rich in natural flavors and perfectly in tune with today’s healthy eating habits. Frank spent four years visiting reservations in the Southwest, documenting time-honored techniques and recipes. With the help of culinary advisor and Navajo Nation tribesman Walter Whitewater, a chef in Santa Fe, Frank has adapted the traditional recipes to modern palates and kitchens. Inside you’ll find such dishes as Stuffed Tempura Chiles with Fiery Bean Sauce, Zuni Sunflower Cakes, and Prickly Pear Ice. With its wealth of information, this book makes it easy to prepare and celebrate authentic Native American cooking.

  • Includes sources for special ingredients and substitutions.
  • Chapters are organized by the staples of Native American cuisine: corn, vine-growing vegetables, wild fruits and greens, legumes, game birds, meats, fish, and breads. 
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     Awards2003 James Beard Award WinnerReviews“A stunning new cookbook.” —Accent West“[A] wonderful introduction to America’s oldest cuisine.”—Phoenix magazine “One of the most stunning books of the year.”—Austin American Statesman “Gorgeous . . . exceptional.”—New Age Retailer

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