The Bookshelf: Molly O'Neill's One Big Table

One Big TableAbout ten years ago, three-time James Beard Award winner and food writer Molly O’Neill embarked on a 500,000-mile journey across the United States to explore our country’s culinary landscape. After gathering thousands of recipes, she whittled the collection down to a choice six hundred, which went on to populate her latest tome, One Big Table. The cookbook paints a portrait of America’s food that’s just as diverse as its citizenry, proving that we don’t inhabit a melting pot, but a place where assorted culinary traditions co-exist and thrive. When O’Neill dropped by for yesterday’s Beard on Books, we asked her to share her thoughts on the culinary state of the union. In your book’s introduction, you write that when cooks felt conflicted about what recipe to submit to you, you would ask, “

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