America’s melting pot is boiling over with revived regional cuisine and distinctive flavor profiles. Amazon Books’ Food Editor, Mari Malcolm, was inspired by a surge of localized cookbooks—and wanted to put the best of the year (and the all-American classics) on the map.
“Cookbooks are an extension of what’s going on in the local food scene,” Malcolm observed. “A map seemed like a natural way to help people explore that.”
Zoom in on the Midwest for modernized Heartland recipes in The New Midwestern Table, or visit New England for decadent sweets from Boston’s celebrity chef Joanne Chang, found in Flour, Too.
“I categorized most [books] by the author’s home state,” Malcolm said of her methodology. “In the fringe cases, I went with the region that seemed like the cultural home of the cuisine.” She cites New York Chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook, which lives on the map’s Southwest corner, as a prime example.
While highlighting the South’s timeless taste for comfort food, and the West Coast’s health food fanaticism, Malcolm’s interactive map is also an inspirational source of “cookbook tourism.”
Let the Great American Eats map guide you to dishes prepared in restaurants too far to visit, or to a sample of what your neighbors are cooking up next door.
Melanie Lieberman is an editorial intern and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team. You can follow her on twitter at @LittleWordBites.