Here’s a book that’s been getting a lot of press–I first came across this comprehensive meatloaf cookbook in the March 2017 issue of Food&Wine and shortly thereafter saw an interview with the authors on Eater (http://www.eater.com/2017/2/20/14658004/frank-bruni-meatloaf-trump-interview).

The book centers around two intertwined premises: 1) meatloaf is an ancient and worldwide phenomenon (hence several meatloaf recipes incorporating “foreign” flavors); and 2) because of the ubiquity of meatloaf, eating it with friends and family can help heal partisan and cultural divides.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) contributed her recipe for “Bipartisan loaf,” while other lawmakers like U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) contributed theirs. Ryan’s recipe is a meatloaf with venison, while Pelosi’s remains true to the West Coast and her Italian roots by incorporating ciabatta bread and bison.

I am especially keen on the “Japanese Loaf with Miso and Mirin,” Bobby Flay’s “Korean Style Meatloaf with Spicy Glaze” (although I would add some shiso to the recipe when it is in season), and theĀ  lamb-based “Jerusalem Loaf with Sumac and Couscous.” Mike Solomonov of the famed Israeli restaurant Zahav in Philadelphia also submitted a recipe which is a riff on merguez sausage and features a harissa ketchup. I haven’t tried it, but I’ve been to Zahav and nothing on their menu is less than excellent.

For vegetarians, there are a few recipes for meatless meatloaves as well…I suspect that portion of the book will go largely unused…

My only complaint is that the book features no photographs, and as the saying goes, one eats with the eyes first. I suspect the authors determined there are only so many ways to photograph a meatloaf, but given the variety of offerings contained in this book, I am not certain that would be the case.