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Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit Paperback – Bargain Price, April 4, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312339682
  • ASIN: B00127OFF6
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,602,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terry Gordon on April 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This falls under one of those "I had no idea" categories of books. Kind of like WORD FREAK did for Scrabble, this opened up the world of competitive eating for those of us who maybe saw the Nathan's hot dog eating contest and that's it. The stories about the various eaters, their training and events themselves are insane. This is a really fast read--and totally fascinating. I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Slim Jenkins on April 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
i thought this book was hilarious. at first i wondered if the whole book was a sham, a mockumentary like one of those christopher guest films (best in show, this is spinal tap). but it's all real, almost frighteningly so at times. the characters were great, and the inside scoop on this esoteric american subculture was highly amusing. and i just found out you can see the author's appearance on the daily show...funny...check it out...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Tuttle on April 20, 2006
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This is a great overview of the fast growing sport of competitive eating. Book goes into the background and inspirations of many different eater/athletes. I found this very interesting, informative and more importantly a very enjoyable read. Anyone can pick this up and have fun with it. Way better then going to the movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eva on September 6, 2006
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I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan Nerz back in October 2005 when my girlfriends and I were vacationing in Phoenix.

What an awesome guy he is. Even in his "lost wallet" frenzy, he remained cool, calm and collected. We happened to be staying in the same hotel and coincidently, ended up all going to the same bar and then had drinks at the hotel after the bar closed. I believe at that time the book was "a work in progress."

I received my autographed copy of "Eat this Book" from Ryan in the mail today and started reading the book. I found it funny, gross, and some of it is just out and out WILD. It's amazing what some people will do for notoriety and the thrill of Victory :) 57 cow brains in 15 minutes? 6 pounds of Spam in 12 minutes? I think I will choose anonymity..

Eva

Chicago

*Note to Ryan: Are there any kind of competitive Tequila Drinking contests? lmao
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