Orchards of blushing peaches await harvest in Georgia; swaying golden wheat blankets the Kansas plains; herds of grazing cattle cross Wyoming and Montana; countless chilies dry in the hot New Mexico sun; Alaskan rivers sparkle with salmon -- America is truly abundant. Add to this bounty new foods and cuisines introduced by a steady stream of immigrants, and it is no wonder American cooking is continually so exciting. Gourmet's America is a celebration of all the foods, both traditional and newly found, that we enjoy today. This beautiful cookbook, with over 40 full-color photographs, explores eight distinctive regional cuisines -- New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, the Heartland, the Mountain States, the Southwest, the Northwest and Alaska, and California and Hawaii -- and offers a special menu and additional outstanding dishes for each area. You'll find over 250 recipes in all, including some of Gourmet magazine's classic favorites, as well as over 100 brand-new recipes that highlight America's harvests. Searching for a casual summertime menu? Turn to A Southern Country Supper, which offers marvelous make-ahead salads filled with fresh herbs and produce. Need a quick, tasty hors d'oeuvre? The Southwestern Spiced Red Pepper Dip is just one possibility, or look in the index for other recipes that can be made in 45 minutes or less.