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How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries and Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat and Drink Hardcover – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762777508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762777501
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is like a culinary version of One Thousand and One Nights. Each entry combines the sturdiness and dependability of history with the readability and charm of a folk tale. I wish I'd had this volume at hand back when I was doing my live show on The Food Network. Hardly a day went by when I wasn't asked about the origins of one dish or another."
 ~Sara Moulton, host of PBS’s Sara's Weeknight Meals
 
“I remember eating Caesar salad in Tijuana as a kid. I was always confused about the connection between the two, and it wasn't until I read How the Hot Dog Found its Bun that it all came together. The drama! The fraternal infighting! The appearance of Julia Child! If it weren't for this book, I'd have never known the back story. Thanks, Josh Chetwynd.”
~Meredith Arthur, CHOW.com 

From the Back Cover

Sometimes it’s neither art nor science that serves as the origins of the everyday kitchen and food items we take for granted today. Sometimes, as Josh Chetwynd shows us, some of our greatest culinary achievements were simply by-products of “damned good luck.” Within these pages you will discover the beginnings of kitchen inventions, products, and foodstuff in short essays that dispel popular myths and draw lines between food facts and food fiction, from the serendipitous creation of Granny Smith apples through open pollination to the Caesar salad’s Mexican roots and more.

More About the Author

I'm a journalist, broadcaster, book writer, lawyer, and former baseball player. All of this has led to a life filled with nice Zelig-like moments, including (but not limited to) flying on Air Force One, walking down the red carpet at the Academy Awards, doing live radio color commentary at the World Series, co-hosting a national TV show, arguing a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, negotiating professional contracts for athletes, and representing Great Britain in baseball -- in addition to playing the sport as a professional on two continents.

I've also written five books on such eclectic topics as the orgins of all things nice, the stories behind our favorite sports and recreation balls, European baseball, and the history of accidental discoveries and unexpected inspirations in the kitchen.

So why do I write about these seemingly varied topics? I love an underdog -- whether it's the often discarded concept of nice, the rarely contemplated sports ball or the history of baseball in places like the Netherlands or Croatia. For the most part, I seek out stories that most people either think are so mundane as not to be interesting (when in reality they are riveting) or, on the other end of the spectrum, are considered obscure but really have an impact on our daily lives.

Who knew that the development of billiard balls led to our everyday use of plastics? Or the word "Hello" only became a regular conversation opener following a war of words (so to speak) between Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell? No doubt, some readers are aware of these historical moments but, hopefully, there are enough of those types of tales in my work to make even the most erudite person raise an eyebrow after learning something new.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael Conway on January 8, 2014
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I like historical things and this book give you an insight into everyday life and the hisotry people live every day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrMoto on September 7, 2012
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I found this book enjoyable. The information was new to me, and presented in a fun and easy format. I would recomend it for anyone looking for this type of "dinner table" conversation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barracuda on June 28, 2012
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I heard about this book on a talk show, and it intrigued me. I bought it and have not been dissapointed. I'm a myth busters kinda guy, and this is a myth busters kinda book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby G. Burton on May 31, 2012
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This delightful, informative book provides the kind of fun facts you can use to impress and entertain people of all ages. It's always fun to find out about the origins of those things we eat and drink everyday without giving much thought to why and how they came to be a natural part of our lives.
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