Martha Stewart has collected some of the best traditional dishes from all corners of the country in her new cookbook, Martha's American Food. It's packed with 190 of the best meals from five distinct American regions, and as cooking columnist Sybil Pratt writes, "the indomitable Ms. Stewart offers her classic take, tweaked in Martha-esque style, on the American classics that define our cuisine as a whole and that celebrate our regional diversity."

Potato salad is a dish served 'round the world—but doesn't it just feel truly American?

Classic Potato Salad




  • 4 pounds russet potatoes (about 8 medium)

  • Coarse salt

  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 3 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 10 cornichons, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika


1. In a large saucepan, cover potatoes with water by several inches. Bring to a boil, then add 1 tablespoon salt. Reduce heat and gently boil until potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 25 minutes. Drain. Peel potatoes while still hot, using paper towels to protect hands; cut into 1-inch pieces. Transfer potatoes to a bowl and drizzle with vinegar; let cool.

2. Place eggs in a small saucepan; fill with enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; turn off heat. Cover; let stand 11 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover with cold water; let cool and peel. Cut 2 eggs into ¼-inch dice. Slice remaining egg into ¼-inch- thick rounds; reserve for garnish.

3. Combine diced eggs, mayonnaise, celery seeds, and dry mustard in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper, and whisk to combine. Stir in potatoes, celery, onion, cornichons, scallions, and parsley. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day. Just before serving, garnish with paprika and egg rounds.

Serves 10 to 12

Excerpted from Martha's American Food. Copyright 2012 by Martha Stewart. Used by permission of Clarkson Potter. All Rights Reserved. Read our review of this book.

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