Capri Cafaro’s upcoming cookbook, United We Eat, features 50 great American dishes as an uplifting way to bring us all together.
For her, United We Eat is the result of her belief on how a good meal or a sweet treat can bring people together, regardless of political affiliation or ideology. Sharing food on the same table past all of our differences warms all of our hearts and reminds us of the kindness and community spirit that makes us Americans.
“We are in a time rife with division. It is in times like these when it is most important to remember what can bring us together,” explains Cafaro.
So she embarked on a journey on assembling stories and recipes that make up the 128-page book representing all 50 states that were either adapted by Cafaro herself or submitted by admired Democrats and Republican leaders who have all served our nation in some way.
As a former Minority Leader of the Ohio Senate, cable news political commentator, and host of Heritage Radio Network’s forthcoming show Eat Your Heartland Out, Cafaro has since been combining politics and food in her life.
When she was not working on legislation in the statehouse, she was baking for family and friends at home. Later on, she would make pies for her colleagues across the aisle as they worked together on important legislation, such as Ohio’s Medicaid reform law.
As an ode to great American dishes, Cafaro adapted over half of the recipes in the book with the aim to symbolize states they represent. The book includes Idaho’s Ice Cream “Baked Potato” with Candied Bacon, New Jersey’s Trenton Tomato Pie, and Mississippi’s Grilled Gulf Shrimp Skewers with Comeback Sauce.
The easy-to-follow recipes in United We Eat are designed for home chefs. It features favorites from all 50 states like Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Pulled Pork and Smoked Corn, former Democratic National Committee Chair and Fox News Contributor Donna Brazile’s authentic Louisiana Gumbo, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor, and 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Pere Buttigieg’s Hoosier Pie as well as former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s Working Woman’s Posole (R)
Indeed, her cookbook is the first of its kind to explore not just recipes but also on stories and real-life accounts of how a warm meal or sweet treat can change the way we treat each other despite our differing views and values. It shows that food is a nonpartisan way to bring Americans together and find common ground.
Furthermore, she used food as a storyteller for her cookbook. Each entry aims to illuminate the tastes, culture, and history of each state – and in the process, help tells at least part of the American story through food.
United We Eat is more than just a cookbook but also a reminder that food, when shared, brings us together.
United We Eat is set to launch on July 4. The hardcover edition of United We Eat will be available nationwide via Amazon, and pre-sales for the United We Eat Kindle e-book are currently underway.
To learn more about Capri Cafaro and her work, visit her website.