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With barbecue sauce–soaked tongue planted firmly in cheek, Nerz chronicles his amusing adventures in the perverse, repellent, strangely heroic world of "competitive eating." Having moved beyond county fair pie-eating contests, competitive eating is now a global challenge involving national pride, superstars and, in 2005, $200,000 in prize money. Freelance journalist Nerz falls in with the denizens of this world while covering the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog–Eating Contest for the Village Voice. There, the diminutive Japanese Takeru Kobayashi overturns years of American dominance by consuming 50 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes. From the gastronomical excesses of Coney Island, it's a short hop to the sadomasochistic extremes of Japan, where, during the Superman Dash, "Hungry" Charles Hardy and Kazutoyo Arai devour 180 bento box lunches between them. Along the way, records are broken and countless calories are consumed. Hired by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), Nerz travels the U.S., promoting jambalaya-eating contests in New Orleans, chicken-eating blowouts in Philadelphia and fried asparagus feasts in Sacramento. Despite disgusting details—vomiting, distended bellies, etc.—Nerz presents his story with glee and good humor. 30 pages of b&w photos. (Apr.)
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Takeru ("Tsunami") Kobayashi is the greatest eater alive. He is a five-time winner of Nathan's Coney Island hot-dog-eating contest (53 and a half hot dogs in 12 minutes in 2004), ate 69 burgers in 8 minutes in 2005, and once gained 26 and a half pounds in 45 minutes in a Weight Crash (an extreme eating event in Japan). And yet, he weighs only 131 pounds. How does he do it? Former competitive eater Ed Krachie's "Belt of Fat Theory" claims that the more fat you have on your gut, the less room your stomach has to expand and, therefore, the less food it can hold (he wrote up his theory and submitted it to the New England Journal of Medicine--they rejected it). Nerz, a part-time IFOCE (International Federation of Competitive Eating) announcer and journalist, has written what is basically a book-length infomercial for the organization and its most famous "athletes" (Cookie Jarvis, Eric Booker, and the U.S.'s last great hope of regaining the Nathan's title, Sonya Thomas). His carnival-barker style probably works just fine for an 8-minute burrito-eating contest, but it quickly becomes exhausting to read. This will have its audience, however--a must for extreme gourmands and freak-show enthusiasts alike. Carlos Orellana
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A year in the life of the author as he has graduated from college but has no skills for the job market so he decides to write a book about competitive eating so he works for the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by ellison
Nerz is a natural-born storyteller, and I'd read anything he puts his name on. So it's no surprised that he could get me interested in competitive eating, a subject I have no... Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by Marci Alboher
If you like eating books, this is the book for you. I have been through many eating books, some of them competition-orientated, and I would say this one goes down easier than most. Read morePublished on August 22, 2006 by Sara Barnes