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Posted on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 : 1 a.m.

Molly O'Neill's 'One Big Table' cookbook is an encyclopedic treasure trove

By Marci Raver Lash


Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking by Molly O'Neill

600 recipes from the nation's best home cooks, farmers, fishermen, pit-masters, and chefs (Hardcover)

This book is one big, delicious bite of American cooking. It's filled to the brim with more than 600 recipes and stories galore ranging from potpies to the social history of chocolate cake. For those of us who have moved a time or two... or 10, Molly O'Neill has captured the foods of each area I've called home. These recipes take the reader from coast to coast with lots of practical cooking know-how.

It took author Molly O'Neill more than 10 years to travel throughout the United States researching, talking with home cooks and food experts "in the field" and gathering their stories and recipes. The recipes are lovingly surrounded by warm stories about the people connected with food, and the wonderful photography brings the food experience into your home before you preheat the oven.

No matter how many cookbooks are on your shelf, this encyclopedic resource is the definitive in rounding out a true collection.

Marci Raver Lash is a new books and food contributor for You can reach her at


Marci Raver Lash

Fri, Dec 24, 2010 : 9:10 a.m.

Pamela, Cheers to you and many great resolutions for a wonderful 2011!


Thu, Dec 23, 2010 : 11:19 p.m.

You just may get me to like cooking with this one, Marci! A 2011 resolution, perhaps?

Moms Kitchen

Sun, Dec 19, 2010 : 7:41 a.m.

Here's another recipe from an Ann Arborite in the book.

Erica Pilon

Wed, Dec 15, 2010 : 8:43 a.m.

Nice review, but you totally left out that there are 3 recipes in the book from people in the Ann arbor area! The Dexter leader published an article on one of the contributors last week.