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Never Put Ketchup On A Hot Dog Paperback – September 22, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago's Books Press; 2nd edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979789273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979789274
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Bob Schwartz, a Senior Vice President at Vienna Beef, has spent the last two thirds of a century developing and enhancing strong emotions for the business, and for the people who operate hot dog stands.

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I unconditionally ecommended reading for all hot dog lovers.
Chris C.
This is a fun book any native Chicagoan will love it.
Mitchell J. Shifrin

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Hartman on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very interesting book filled with information about the Chicago hot dog industry. It has a detailed history of many past and present famous hot dog stands and restaurants, mainly in the Chicago area. I liked it! AAA+++
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John L. Obrien on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just received my copy of this book. It is wonderful. I love Hot Dogs and this book has me convinced that I need a road trip real soon. The story and pictures are great. I need a Vienna Beef Hot Dog This Week! Run to your computer and add this to your library!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell J. Shifrin on August 26, 2009
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This is a fun book any native Chicagoan will love it. It brought back many great childhood memories of my favorite hot dog stands.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. Harris on September 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am sitting at the computer at a safe time to read Bob Schwartz's book, Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog. If it gets too close to lunch time, I will have to turn the book over so my hot dog cravings don't start. The picture on the cover of that delicious poppy seed bun cradling the dressed dog is too enticing. Living in the Bay Area is disheartening at certain times and looking for a decent dog is one of those times. When we travel we search out the yellow and red Vienna sign with hope and trepidation. Will they have the proper relish in Lake Lure; will they have the right pickles in Orlando?

The book does a great job in putting together passionate creativity, artistic coherence, and nostalgic information.
Now where is my next fix, er, hot dog coming from?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris C. on April 24, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Enjoying this book, all the places listed, and love the photos.
I unconditionally ecommended reading for all hot dog lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MED on November 26, 2011
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Bought the book because a friend's father owns one of the featured restaurants. Was plesantly surprised by the overall book - informative and fun. I have displayed the book with my cookbooks and it never fails to get picked up, perused and commented on. If you are a true midwesterner nothing could be more true - ketchup doesn't belong on a hotdog. Hot dog lovers shouldn't miss this, especially if they reside within driving distance of the Windy City.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keith Nichols on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a love letter to the world of the Vienna Beef Chicago-style hot dog -- its makers and marketers, those who eat hot dogs, and especially to the families who founded and in many cases still operate the many great and often quirky hot dog stands in "Chicagoland" and everywhere else. By the way, any eatery is a "stand" if it featured or features hot dogs, however large and elaborate the place and its menu may have become.

An oft-repeated theme in the book is the author's belief that hot dog stand operators, through the camaraderie their stands engender, infuse the patrons with positive family values and are thereby a force for good in their communities. Sounds reasonable to me.

The author is a longtime salesman for and officer of the Vienna Beef company. And his enthusiasm for his subject sweeps all before it, largely making irrelevant his book's rich offering of sometimes confusing but often amusing dangling participles and typos of various sorts. Fortunately, the story is straightforward and not likely to be obscured by these. Also, there are many photos of the stands and their personnel to make it even more immediate and personal.
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