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In the 2005 documentary of the same name (included with the book), Motz documented eight classic hamburger joints across the country. In the ensuing years he's broadened his horizons but not his tastes; here he presents a hundred hamburger spots in 39 states, each profiled with love and accompanied by mouthwatering full-color portraits. From Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Conn.-allegedly the oldest continuously operating hamburger establishment in the U.S.-to Olympia, Wash.'s Eastside Big Tom, Motz talks with the owners, employees and customers who keep the cuisine alive and eclectic. In addition to the traditional, Motz introduces readers to regional spins like Iowa's Maid Rite sandwich, a kind of sauceless Sloppy Joe; the green chili-topped burgers of Santa Fe's Bobcat Bite; and Sedalia, Missouri's "Guberburger," dressed with melted peanut butter. Motz limits his selections to independently owned operations that use fresh, not frozen, meat, the most shining example of which is Oklahoma's Joe Maranto, who raises longhorn cattle for eating at his nearby restaurant. Those with a soft spot for Americana, diner cuisine or delicious burgers will delight in this bright, quirky love letter to the American everyman staple, complete with contact information and recipes.
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"A fine overview of the best practitioners of the burger sciences."—Anthony Bourdain
"As a French Chef who took an unexpected approach to the American burger, I'm glad that George has put together this fantastic guide to 100 of the classics."—Daniel Boulud
This was a fun book, but after reading it once, I don't think I would read it again so it really wasn't worth buying.Published on December 28, 2012 by Drucilla Moeding
By way of anchoring this relatively unknown entity: if you like Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, then you will love this. Read morePublished on March 18, 2010 by Jason Kirkfield
First, I was struck by the quality of the book itself. Thick quality paper stock, ample photos, font size that doesn't require a magnifying glass to read and a dvd to boot! Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by Donald B. Willaims
George Motz's book, "Hamburger America" is a delight from beginning to end. Accompanied by an hourlong DVD highlighting some of the places the author has visited, Motz sets out to... Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Jon Hunt