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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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Praise for Simon Majumdar "The dangerously obsessive, staggeringly knowledgeable, provocative and opinionated Simon Majumdar knows his shit. No question about it....Plusthe bastard can write."Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw "I have crisscrossed this country a dozen times by car, by motorcycle, by train and light aircraft. I've eaten a thousand meals from the glaciers of Alaska to the bars of Key West. And if Simon Majumdar asked me to join him on a journey across that same edible landscape tomorrow, I'd go without hesitation, because, every mile (and meal) would be new again."Alton Brown, host of Iron Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen "Simon Majumdar's opinions often drive me nuts, but I usually let him get away with it. In part, it's because he really knows about food, but even more so, it's because he is so entertaining. I loved what he had to say about the rest of the world and I can't wait to hear what he has to say about America."Michael Symon, Iron Chef and co-host of The Chew "The Indiana Jones for the foodie set."Andrew Friedman, co-editor of Don't Try This at Home