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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762751401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762751402
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mark DeCarlo is a Groucho Marx for the '90's."--PEOPLE magazine
 
“A delicious sundae of wit, charm and recipes. . . .a guide to an epicurean America that is quickly vanishing.”—Mark L. Walberg, Antiques Roadshow
 
“I love to laugh, I love to eat—I’m Italian, what can I say. Mark DeCarlo’s book is the perfect recipe for those who like to do both, even if you’re NOT Italian. I loved it!”
—Joe Mantegna, Tony Award–winning actor, producer, writer, and director

From the Back Cover

Join Mark DeCarlo on a journey to places like the French Quarter of New Orleans, a lush Maui resort, and a legendary diner on the outskirts of Nashville. From the obvious and beloved Buffalo wings to the lesser-known and, well, bizarre Rocky Mountain oysters (buffalo testicles), Mark takes us on a rollicking tour of the people and places behind America’s greatest food inventions.

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Mark DeCarlo: A FORK ON THE ROAD: 400 CITIES / ONE STOMACH

You are who eat... with. Leveraging a comedic career on Los Angeles morning radio and a string of hit shows (Studs, Big Deal, X Show,) Mark hit the road for the Travel Channel's "Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo."

For four seasons, Mark rode the road less traveled in search of delicious food and the unsung American zealots who champion personal recipes and down-home stories over mass produced mush. It took 400 cities, and a lot of napkins, but through it all, a portrait of America... and its genuinely strange people emerged. These hilarious characters are profiled in Mark's first book, "A FORK ON THE ROAD," to be published by Lyons Press in November 2010.

In many ways, "Taste of America" is similar to "Studs," Fox's hit relationship show Mark hosted for 600 episodes. Whether discussing fig dates or blind dates, Mark enjoys interviewing 'real people' while having fun, not making fun. Getting 'civilians' to open up and share intimate details of their lives in order to create an interesting, amusing and involving show requires a finesse that after 1000 hours of network television hosting Mark continues to enjoy.

When he's not out using forks, Mark hosts Corporate Events, performs Stand Up Comedy, and fronts his blues band, OLD BLUES EYES in clubs and festivals around the country. He is also in demand as a comedic spokesman for American products like; Tide, Tide-to-Go, Kingsford, Stryker Medical, McDonalds and other great companies.

And if you have children, he's in your house every day as the voice of hapless HUGH NEUTRON on the Nickelodeon hit series, "Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius."



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We recommend this book for anyone who enjoys food and fun!
Three Guys from Miami
I loved this book...laughed so hard, also cried over the demise of Mark's beloved dog, Groucho.
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I just held up the book and said, "you've got to read this book!!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Johnson on September 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I don't want to make too big a deal out of this, but this book is a love letter to Americans in the same way as John Steinbeck's "Travels With Charlie." DeCarlo's no Steinbeck, of course, but he's an affectionate observer of character and -- as a comedian -- a funny storyteller.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book. I liked the episodic informality of it, the pure-entertainment sidebars, even the pictures. It's one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time. It made me feel really good about this country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Three Guys from Miami on August 11, 2010
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We met Mark DeCarlo on a typically sultry Miami day back in 2005. DeCarlo was in Miami to tape two segments for his Travel Channel series, "Taste of America." The show, which left the air in 2008 after four hilarity-filled seasons, took viewers on a comically culinary tour of the United States. Each episode featured a different city and highlighted several local foods.

DeCarlo has had an interesting career, from game show contestant to game show host; from stand-up comedian to roles on various TV series, including Seinfeld, Evening at the Improv, Matlock, The Ben Stiller Show, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is also the voice of "Hugh Neutron" on the cartoon series "Jimmy Neutron" as well as several other animated characters. Who can forget some of his memorable big screen appearances, notably the famous "Chuck Steak?"

DeCarlo's new book, "A Fork on the Road: 400 Cities/One Stomach" is half cookbook, half travelogue. DeCarlo recounts numerous anecdotes -- all humor filled -- of his days on the road with "Taste of America," a journey that covered some 400 cities. It's true there are plenty of yuks here, but also several tender moments. The final chapter highlights DeCarlo's Miami visit and touches on Raúl Musibay's personal story, a story shared by thousands of Cuban immigrants and typifying what the author says is truly great about America.

A Fork on the Road is a great read for the armchair traveler and those who appreciate the offbeat and unusual attractions one can only find beneath the drab sameness of Corporate Food America. The author's style combines elements of both Groucho Marx and Mark Twain and the book is eminently readable. The included recipes are a nice bonus. We recommend this book for anyone who enjoys food and fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on October 1, 2010
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"A Fork On The Road" makes you want to get up off your butt and go discover what's best, funniest, weirdest, and most delicious about this great country. DeCarlo writes with ease, humor, and confidence. His honest love for the people, places, and foods he comes across is evident on every page. He was lucky enough to have these amazing experiences for four years while making his TV show. Now we're lucky to be able to read about them. Buy this book, people. Seriously - it's more fun than going to sleep with a tub of frosting underneath your bed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paulina raimondi on September 28, 2010
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If you love to travel throughout America, if you love food, if you're Italian...or not Italian, if you love festivals and places to visit off the beaten path, this is the book for you!!
Mark DeCarlo's "Taste of America" series on the Travel Channel was something my husband and I looked forward to each week. We always knew Mark would take us to a place we had probably never been before, and we knew that we would be entertained by this comedic genius who was so at ease in interviewing his guests. Mark's hilarious antics, along with his sometimes sardonic humor were always sure to get us laughing out loud by the end of the show!! This is why this book should be read by anyone who loves to be entertained.
Mark has transferred the quick wit and charm he used in his series to the writing of this wonderful book. I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud so much while reading a book. I've gotten my share of strange looks while waiting in the doctor's office and letting out a guffaw that woke up the whole room!! I just held up the book and said, "you've got to read this book!!" (I hope that helped sell at least a dozen more copies!!)

I came to know and love the city of Chicago in 1972. I've been back there many times since, but Mark is from Chicago. His stories and reminiscing about family and Chicago will make anyone who loves that city so proud.

The tips on how to find the best restaurants, and reviews of the places he likes the best, will prove to be so handy while traveling to some of the great places that Mark writes about in his book.

Only one "hankie" alert needs to be mentioned. This is for those of us who are dog lovers and softies at heart. Mark's beloved dog, Groucho, died two weeks before he went on the road for "Taste of America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rose ann on September 15, 2010
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Anyone who has seen Mark DeCarlo on a TV show or in a movie knows about his quick and hilarious humor. The book captures that keen humor and much more. His sensitivity and insight about Chicago captures what every Chicagoan loves about their city. I'm eager to try some of the recipes also. And for an ex-airline employee, it's like flying around the country again. Hooray for Mark.
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By Jean E. Kremer on February 9, 2014
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I am enjoying this book a lot. Mark De Carlo is a very entertaning person & His book is erqually as entertaining.
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