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.
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Wrong narrator for this book!
Interesting, if slightly disjointed. I'd have liked a more in depth discussion of the people and their foods.
I'd like to read more about the individual subjects and why they were involved with what they did.
The narrator was actually quite good, just the wrong person to read this. I found it jarring how often the author mentions his upbringing in the UK, and his British accent, and this is said in a VERY American accent.
I'm going to look for more books about American foodways.
I'd like to see more continuity from chapter to chapter. It reads a bit like a series of blog posts.
- Annie Fitt
Why does the narrator have an American accent?
- Remi Fasolati