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<i>Saveur</i> founder Colman Andrews explores classic American foods in <i>The Taste of America.</i>
Saveur founder Colman Andrews explores classic American foods in The Taste of America. / Andrew McKinney / Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley

Depending on where you live, classic American food could mean anything from bagels and pizza to biscuits and barbecue. All this variation provides the perfect incentive for a new collection by Colman Andrews, founder of Saveur and editorial director of TheDailyMeal.com. The Taste of America (Oct. 14; Phaidon) addresses that all-important question: What does America taste like? Here are some of Andrews’ top picks:

Fritos. “They were inspired by a Mexican street food but are an American invention. It’s a great example of how we as Americans took something and made it our own.”

Pimento cheese. “Made from a combination of cheddar, mayonnaise, pimentos and cream cheese, it’s like the hummus of the South. They make sandwiches with it, use it on deviled eggs, make grilled cheese with it. It’s delicious.”

Crab. “All crab is good, but Florida stone crab is something I’ve never had anywhere else. And Dungeness crab (from the Pacific) is the most flavorful crab I’ve ever eaten.”

Turducken. “It’s an American invention — a boned-out chicken in a boned-out duck in a boned-out turkey. Great example of the wonderful excess of Cajun cooking.”

BBQ sauce. “Barbecue sauce is basically really interesting ketchup, with a lot more spices. I like an obscure Wyoming brand called Pine Ridge Barbecue and Dipping Sauce because it isn’t overly sweet.”

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