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Jamie visits Queens, New York in search of food cooked by recent immigrants. He samples flavors from numerous cultures, including Egyptian, Greek and Colombian but is particularly intrigued by a food court populated with authentic Chinese food.
Weeks after Hurricane Gustav, Jamie lands in Louisiana. He finds its residents use ‘soul food’ to stay positive and keep the party going, even through hardships. On his journey, he meets a gumbo queen, a barbecue expert and even an alligator-hunting grandma.
In Los Angeles’ Mexican barrios, Jamie avoids the westernized Tex-Mex in favor of authentic recipes steeped in tradition. He discovers not only exotic ingredients, like cacti and fungus mescal, but also the crucial role that food plays in family life.
Jamie’s decided to go back to where America began by sampling food from its original inhabitants on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. He learns that many of the younger generation prefer fast food, leading to a devastating diabetes epidemic.