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From the Back Cover

Jane and Michael Stern have crisscrossed America sampling regional favorites and quirky fare. Here they translate a full menu of offbeat daily specials for your enjoyment, on the road or at home. Includes select recipes, profiles of food legends, and hard-earned advice on the best place to sample your next authentic American meal, including…
 
Fluffernutter
Hoppel Poppel
Migas
Jonnycakes
Kolache
Cat Head Biscuit
Meat and Three
Brunswick Stew
Dirty Rice

About the Author

Jane and Michael Stern are best known for their Roadfood books, website (roadfood.com), and magazine columns, in which they seek out restaurants serving American regional specialties. They appear weekly on Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s public radio program The Splendid Table and are contributing editors at Saveur magazine. They have won three James Beard Foundation Awards and the James Beard Perrier-Jouet Award for lifetime achievement. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076276094X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762760947
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2011
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Jane and Michael Stern continue on their mission to discover and edify Americans about American food. This book contains an accumulation of information about regional food in alphabetical order from American chop suey to Wonder bread and Ya-Ka-Mein. There are some recipes and many photos of the food dishes, the places it is served at.
Information is given about each entry, its history, the local pronunciation and how it is served. Some entries are ½ a page others such as barbecue cover several pages. This will help you discover some dishes you might want to try and learn more about.
It would have been better for this reason if the index could have included regional divisions and that the recipes were listed separately by page.

Some information is given on James Beard and Julia Child and other regional chefs/cooks. There is diner lingo and an entry on diner icons like the boomerang Formica pattern on counters and tabletops. Of course some regional dishes or names are missing...the tenderloin my Virginia family knows as opposed to the tenderloin of Indiana and no grinders in the g's, it is listed under hero - so some regional names will not be under what you might expect, instead in another category, but at least usually listed in the index as to what page they are on. You will learn that your Wisconsin hamburger is liable to come soaked in butter- a butter burger; also how to order a cheese steak in Philadelphia - "wit" or "wit'out"

This can be a trip back in time for some, to foods that they used to get or of places they used to live. For many this might not seem at first glance, as interesting of a book as it turns out to be.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wallace Day on September 22, 2011
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I will always buy anything written by Michael and Jane. This book is quite well done, but unfortunately none of the content appears original to this writer. Every item appears to be a rehash of material that appeared in previous works by Michael and Jane.

Since little of the material is original, I would say that I am somewhat disappointed with my purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Fossum on February 11, 2013
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Same old. I love the Sterns but this book seemed pointless I've already donated the book to the used book sale at our local library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Mueller on March 2, 2012
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Lexicon is an ok book. Expecting more recipes, the book let me down. If you are looking to read all about food
then it won't disappoint
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By Darrell Coons on July 25, 2013
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Interesting to a point but I wouldnt have bought it had I a chance to preview it..but thats the price you pay by buying online.
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