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A New York Times, Washington Post,Bon Appetit, and Epicurious Best Cookbook of the Year

“Kwame’s powerful, lyrical book is part memoir, part cookbook, but also all memoir and all cookbook. It’s other things, too—a history of food, a collection of mouth-watering photographs, and a repository of wisdom.” —Questlove, best-selling author of Music Is History

"Kwame Onwuachi’s first cookbook,
My America, is a love letter to the 'proper nouns'—what he calls his loved ones and culinary influences—in his life. This collection of recipes establishes a more inclusive legacy of American food, one that might be recognizable to everyone: the America of jollof rice and ata din din; of cheesy grits, callaloo and collard greens; of jerk spice, curry powder and ginger-garlic purée. My America honors a tradition while moving it forward, and each recipe includes cultural origins to show how food travels within the African diaspora . . . As a Southerner, I’ve made grits for years, but Mr. Onwuachi’s carefully detailed recipe showed me a different way: Instead of dumping everything in at once, he stirs the grits with water, then streams the mixture into simmering milk for a result that’s creamy and light. I’m grateful for the lesson. —Eric Kim, The New York Times
“The dishes collected within these pages have more soul than James Brown and Leon Bridges combined. . . . [
My America] looks at the world of cooking through the chef’s own colorful, multicultural prism. His America embraces both Louisiana jambalaya and Nigerian jollof rice—and can even trace the line between the two. His America reveres Creole hash browns, West African groundnut stew, Jamaican ackee and saltfish, and Ethiopian doro wat. Onwuachi’s America truly marvels at the country’s melting pot, perhaps as only a millennial child of New York City can. . . . His recipes pass along not just family history, but larger historical truths, too.” —The Washington Post

“Flat-out delicious. . . . [A] cookbook that, in its own way, asserts the right to weave a personal cuisine from a blend of ancestral recipes, diverse influences and idiosyncratic obsessions. . . . Onwuachi’s pantry is a family tree with roots in the American South, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Nigeria and beyond.” —
The Wall Street Journal

My America is a must-have for anyone who wants to be a better cook. Each recipe is an insight into Kwame’s family, travels, and time spent in some of the best kitchens in the world. This book will expand your pantry with spices and ingredients that are so delicious and that really should be in every kitchen everywhere. I want to make the Egusi Stew for dinner tonight—so good!” —David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku and best-selling author of Eat a Peach

“A nuanced, multicultural interpretation of what defines American food. . . . If you're looking to diversify your home cooking game—and celebrate the cultural patchwork of America—this cookbook is a staple.” —
USA Today

“Have a quart of shrimp stock ready: We’re making gumbo this weekend. . . .  After a few pages, I couldn’t get Onwuachi’s voice out of my ear—Ethiopian braised short ribs are ‘achingly tender and totally on fire’—and I couldn’t shake the sudden urge to fill my fridge with remoulade and jerk paste.” —Alex Beggs,
Bon Appetit

My America, Chef Kwame Onuwuachi’s story continues with recipes! He offers us his culinary vision of an inclusive nation. ‘His’ America revels in Nigerian suya and Creole hash browns, Trinidad callaloo and Southern collard greens. There’s braised oxtail, egusi with goat, and a repertoire of dishes that delight with the bright tastes of the African Atlantic world. It is a savory nation, indeed, and I am proud to be a citizen.” —Jessica B. Harris, best-selling author of High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America
“I love
My America—not only for its vibrant, delicious, and seasonal recipes that explore the African diaspora, but for the moving story Kwame tells: how food knits together our communi­ties, celebrates and preserves our cultures, and intimately connects us to the land and the people we came from.” —Alice Waters, chef and owner of Chez Panisse and author of We Are What We Eat
“Kwame Onwuachi takes us on a journey through personal taste memories from the Bronx, down to Texas, and across to ancient lands of Nigeria and the Caribbean. Vibrant and unique recipes like Cucumber and Avocado Salad tempered with a gooseberry peri-peri call back ancestral knowledge that he marries with his own unique experiences and culinary genius.” —
Food & Wine

My America is a culinary journey that’s well seasoned with many flavors of the diaspora. Kwame pays respect to the ancestors, using his culinary chops to remix their food to show the beauty of his people.” —Marcus Samuelsson, best-selling author of Yes, Chef

“Kwame Onwuachi uses his own story as a vehicle for sharing recipes from the African diaspora. These dishes—from the United States, the Caribbean, Nigeria, and elsewhere—as honed by his expert palate and tremendous talent, are American food at its finest.” —Angela Rye, social justice advocate, lawyer, and award-winning host of “On One with Angela Rye

“If the book . . . contained just cooking directions, it would already earn a spot on the kitchen counter of avid cooks. But the accompanying anecdotes with each recipe are what shines as Onwuachi charts the journeys of different diasporas in his blood and community.” —
"Packed with gems to upgrade anything, like jerk BBQ sauce, tamarind glaze, and ginger-garlic purée." —
My America is a cookbook for anyone who, like Onwuachi, knows that there’s always more to learn—about our past, and about ourselves.” —Eater
“A celebration of the food of the African Diaspora, as handed down through Onwuachi's own family history, spanning Nigeria to the Caribbean, the South to the Bronx, and beyond.” —

About the Author

KWAME ONWUACHI is a James Beard Award-winning chef, who was raised in the Bronx, Nigeria, and Louisiana. A former contest and now a recurring judge on Top Chef, Onwuachi has been named Esquire’s Chef of the Year, one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty. Onwuachi is the author of Notes from a Young Black Chef. JOSHUA DAVID STEIN is a Brooklyn-based author and journalist. He is the co-author of Notes from a Young Black Chef, with Kwame Onwuachi; Il Buco: Stories and Recipes with Donna Lennard; and The Nom Wah Cookbook with Wilson Tang and the author of Cooking for Your Kids.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf (17 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0525659609
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0525659600
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 kg 320 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.98 x 2.69 x 26.11 cm
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    4.7 out of 5 stars 186 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding if you are willing to spend the time
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on 25 July 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding if you are willing to spend the time
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on 25 July 2022
Over the top. Made a few dishes and it required multiple DAYS in the kitchen and a few DAYS shopping for some very hard to find ingredients. I love the flavours but this would be far too much effort for most. Preparations buried in preparations buried in preparations. I’d guess that less than 3% of those buying this book cook more than one dish if they even get that far.

To execute the suya with joloff rice you need to complete 8 recipes and get together 74 ingredients. Most require blending, food processing, grinding etc etc etc.

I expect most buyers will leave on a coffee table as a conversation piece.
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Janet Adeniken
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, my son loved it.
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Michelle Tomaszycki
4.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook is beautiful, but difficult to execute
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 28 June 2022
This cookbook is as the author described; a memoir. My first dish to prepare was the Mac and Cheese. There are a few specialty cheeses that wouldn’t be easily accessible to some. Which is why I did not give 5 stars. Truly, the recipes are “elevated.” Also, I personally wished for more photos w/names. All in all, a worthy cookbook to have in your home. It’s nice.
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Dillon Phommasa
1.0 out of 5 stars For a chef who is very concerned about appearance, the photos in his book lack quantity and quality.
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