500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late and the Very Best Places to Eat Them

500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late and the Very Best Places to Eat Them

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What are the all-time best dishes America has to offer, the ones you must taste before they vanish, so delicious they deserve to be a Holy Grail for travelers? Where's the most vibrant Key lime pie in Florida? The most sensational chiles rellenos in New Mexico? The most succulent fried clams on the Eastern Seaboard? The most memorable whoopie pies, gumbos, tacos, cheese steaks, crab feasts? In 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late, "America's leading authorities on the culinary delights to be found while driving" ( Newsweek ) return to their favorite subject with a colorful, bursting-at-the-seams life list of America's must-eats.Illustrated throughout with mouth-watering color photos and road maps, this indispensable guide is organized by region, then by state. Each entry captures the food in luscious detail and gives the lowdown on the café, roadside stand, or street cart where it's served. When "bests" abound--hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, apple pie, doughnuts--the Sterns rank their offerings. Sidebars feature profiles of idiosyncratic creators, recipes, and local attractions.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780547059075
0547059078
Branch Call Number: 647.95 St
Description: xi, 452 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Stern, Michael 1946-

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derekwolfgram
Nov 29, 2010

This is another wonderfully idiosyncratic look at the best roadside eats in the United States from Jane and Michael Stern, who (fortunately for the rest of us) have made a career out of sharing the most delectable treats, from the best clam chowder in the Northeast to the best taco trucks of Southern California, and all the goodness inbetween. While the Sterns appreciate and write about high-end cuisine, their focus is on the food of the common man. From the basics like barbecue, burgers and fries, fried chicken, and pizza, to more obscure regional specialties like sauerkraut balls, frito pie, cheese curds, smoked eel, and hoppel poppel, the Sterns have tasted it all and can tell you where to find the best. I am always grateful for the indexes to their books, because the regional organization gets a bit confusing (particularly their choice this time to include Kansas as part of the Southwest, while Nebraska joins MT, WY, UT, WA, OR, NV and CA in "Great Plains and the West;" they also omit the Dakotas altogether). In this book, the regional arrangement also means that items like fried chicken and ice cream are repeated multiple times throughout the volume. However, their descriptions are mouthwatering, and this volume contains numerous lovely full color photos to keep the reader salivating. Before you travel anywhere in this great nation (except the Dakotas), be sure to check what the Sterns recommend eating while you're there - you'll be glad you did.

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