Clara, What a exciting question! i'm getting nostalgic in basic terms thinking approximately it. American cooking is definitely one of those alluring concern. and by the previous couple of years, it has exploded in dozens of diverse ethnic guidelines, all scrumptious. yet for traditional American cooking, I recommend you come across a duplicate of the 1950 "Betty Crocker's image Cookbook". The publishers have in basic terms reprinted it, and you need to be waiting to get a duplicate for $10 or $12. it ought to have lots of recipes for stick-to-your-ribs convenience meals that could broadly be recgonized as classic American, and it will contain some Southern favorites.