Fed, White, and Blue

Fed, White, and Blue

Finding America With My Fork

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Simon Majumdar is probably not your typical idea of an immigrant. As he says, "I'm well rested, not particularly poor, and the only time I ever encounter 'huddled masses' is in line at Costco." But immigrate he did, and thanks to a Homeland Security agent who asked if he planned to make it official, the journey chronicled in "Fed, White, and Blue" was born. In it, Simon sets off on a trek across the United States to find out what it really means to become an American, using what he knows best: food. Simon stops in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to learn about what the pilgrims ate (and that playing Wampanoag football with large men is to be avoided); a Shabbat dinner in Kansas; Wisconsin to make cheese (and get sprayed with hot whey); and LA to cook at a Filipino restaurant in the hope of making his in-laws proud. Simon attacks with gusto the food cultures that make up America--brewing beer, farming, working at a food bank, and even finding himself at a tailgate. Full of heart, humor, history, and of course, food, "Fed, White, and Blue" is a warm, funny, and inspiring portrait of becoming American.
Publisher: New York, Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House,, 2016
Edition: First trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781101982891
Branch Call Number: 641.3 Majumdar 2015
Characteristics: x, 308 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Alton 1962-


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Jul 18, 2017

Married to an American of Filipino descent, Simon Majumdar (the product of a Welsh mother and Indian father) is wrestling with becoming an American citizen. He decides to embark on a food tour of America to decide what it really means to be an American. During the next year, he travels the country and explores many hidden food corners -- competitive food eating contests, Wampanoag cuisine on Plimoth Plantation, a sanctioned barbecue contest in snowy central Nebraska, a Shabbat dinner in Kansas City, and food bank management in Arkansas. Written in a breezy, easy-to-read style, the author communicates as well in writing as he does on various Food Network shows (Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef, etc.). An interesting look at the many food stories that are just beyond the interstates lined with fast food restaurants.


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