New American Table - Marcus Samuelsson

I am completely addicted to social media and not afraid to admit it.  I’ve made great friends and I’ve won really awesome things.  One of the awesome things won recently is New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson.  I follow him on Facebook and Twitter because this chef seriously works social media.  He has an awesome blog and is always posting really thought provoking and informative articles and information. A little while ago he was giving away a copy of his new cookbook.  The winner would be selected from those who tweeted about the giveaway.  I tweeted.  I won!  Even better – the book showed up autographed.

I should share that I really really adore Chef Samuelsson.  I love his style because it reminds me of my own.  He takes a little bit of all of his experiences and combines them to create a totally new dish.  He’s not beholden to the “traditional” interpretation of dishes, though I’m certain he could pull off authentic as easily as he does his fusion style dishes.  The focus of the book is on the food of America and the corners of the world that it hails from.

This cookbook is a food playground, it’s creative and fun and I assure you many of these combinations you will not find in any other cookbook.  The ingredients are easily accessible, the directions are clear and the images are gorgeous.  The chapters are broke up uniquely as well.  Titles include, small plates, staples, everyday, weekend, condiments and many more.

Here are some of my favorite recipes;

  • Harissa Rub and Chile Garlic Paste
  • Grilled Lobster Noodle Salad
  • Crab Cakes with Pistachio and Aioli
  • Shrimp Falafel
  • Chicken Sate with Baby Spinach and Garlic Feta Dip


The retail price on this hardcover cookbook is $40 – it’s on Amazon right now for $26.40.  If you’re a foodie looking for a new, unique cookbook and not the same old same old recipes you need this book!