Tuesday, November 16, 2004

If you're looking for a neat Thanksgiving cookbook...

Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions by Fernando and Marlene Divina and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is a scrupulously researched book documenting the varied culinary traditions of the native people of the Americas that existed before the settlers arrived here. The book also describes the contributions the New World made to the Old, including chocolate, tomatoes, potatoes and pineapples, and provides some unusual recipes that make use of indigenous ingredients. The book coincides with the opening of the museum's new building, which will house the Mitsitam Cafe serving Native-inspired cuisine. The book also features recollections of harvesting, cooking and eating contributed by the current generation of Native Americans as well as beautiful photographs of the museum's collection. (List price $39.95.)

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