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Fork on the Road: 400 Cities/One Stomach Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am enjoying this book a lot. Mark De Carlo is a very entertaning person & His book is erqually as entertaining.Published 24 months ago by Jean K.
Mark is a very funny and inquisitive person with a delightful writing style. He includes recipes along with his travels. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by tanksnjeeps
When he isn't trying so hard to be funny this book can be very good. When DeCarlo writes with a point of view about someone else he is an excellent writer - talking about his... Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Kitchen king
"A Fork In The Road" will make you laugh, make you cry, but most of all it made me hungry! Being Italian, Catholic,and being from Chicago, I identified with so many of Mark's... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by MaryannInDarien
A wonderful read that touches the heart on so many levels---from key lime pie stories that inspired a trip to Florida to laugh-out-loud confessions about Mark's boat phobias--this... Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by The Golf God
I cannot tell a lie. I am a friend of the author, Mark DeCarlo's, mother. And I can also honestly tell you that I truly loved and enjoyed his book. Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by J. Levin