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This book is a wonderful snapshot of iconic places (and of the people who inhabit them) in the cultural landscape of Detroit, Flint, and Jackson, Michigan. To most Americans, these names mean cars, but to the people who live there, coneys count, and here is the book to whet the appetite and evoke home, as no other food can. --Bruce Kraig, president of the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance and author of Hot Dog: A Global History and Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America

At a time when a growing number of Americans are discovering or rediscovering their foodways traditions, Coney Detroit provides a rich and colorful picture of the way coney dogs have emerged as a distinctive symbol of identity for Detroiters. Yung and Grimm provide keen insights into the history and daily life of the coney island restaurants that dot the cityscape of Detroit, and they feature the people who make and passionately carry on coneys as a Michigan folk tradition. Coney Detroit is a lively celebration of how food contributes to identity of place and meaning to all those who have taken a bite of Detroit s coney tradition. --C. Kurt Dewhurst, president of the American Folklore Society and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at Michigan State University Museum C. Kurt Dewhurst, president of the American Folklore Society and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Every politician campaigning in Detroit must get photographed with a coney in hand. Athletes and music stars going for after-game or concert coneys run into fans doing the same thing. When national media declare a coney showdown, we flock to the restaurants to cheer on our favorites like we cheer on our sports teams. --Joe Grimm, from the preface

At a time when a growing number of Americans are discovering or rediscovering their foodways traditions, Coney Detroit provides a rich and colorful picture of the way coney dogs have emerged as a distinctive symbol of identity for Detroiters. Yung and Grimm provide keen insights into the history and daily life of the coney island restaurants that dot the cityscape of Detroit, and they feature the people who make and passionately carry on coneys as a Michigan folk tradition. Coney Detroit is a lively celebration of how food contributes to identity of place and meaning to all those who have taken a bite of Detroit s coney tradition. --C. Kurt Dewhurst, president of the American Folklore Society and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at Michigan State University Museum C. Kurt Dewhurst, president of the American Folklore Society and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Every politician campaigning in Detroit must get photographed with a coney in hand. Athletes and music stars going for after-game or concert coneys run into fans doing the same thing. When national media declare a coney showdown, we flock to the restaurants to cheer on our favorites like we cheer on our sports teams. --Joe Grimm, from the preface

This book is a wonderful snapshot of iconic places (and of the people who inhabit them) in the cultural landscape of Detroit, Flint, and Jackson, Michigan. To most Americans, these names mean cars, but to the people who live there, coneys count, and here is the book to whet the appetite and evoke home, as no other food can. --Bruce Kraig, president of the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance and author of Hot Dog: A Global History and Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America

At a time when a growing number of Americans are discovering or rediscovering their foodways traditions, Coney Detroit provides a rich and colorful picture of the way coney dogs have emerged as a distinctive symbol of identity for Detroiters. Yung and Grimm provide keen insights into the history and daily life of the coney island restaurants that dot the cityscape of Detroit, and they feature the people who make and passionately carry on coneys as a Michigan folk tradition. Coney Detroit is a lively celebration of how food contributes to identity of place and meaning to all those who have taken a bite of Detroit s coney tradition. --C. Kurt Dewhurst, president of the American Folklore Society and Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at Michigan State University Museum

Book Description

A lively and thorough history of Detroit's culinary icon: the coney island hot dog.
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Product Details

  • Series: Painted Turtle
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Painted Turtle (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814335187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814335185
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A growing number of Michiganders (and ex-Michiganders)are intrigued and have a great deal of nostalgia for the Detroit coney dog (though rivaled by Flint and Jackson)and its history. This is a wonderfully researched and written book by Katherine Yung and Joe Grimm and the photos are an excellent compliment to the words. The coney dog has a great past, an intriguing present and a wonderful future and this book only makes your mouth water for a follow-up-Coney Detroit #2!
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I grew up in the Detroit area and took Coneys for granted. When I moved out of the metro area I didn't realize that not everyone in Michigan knew how to make a real coney. This book showed me that this all american meal has a real rich history, with roots deep in our stomachs! The pictures and the research made me sentimental...and hungry!
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I really enjoyed reading this book; but then I love eating coney dogs so it is a natural result. It was a quick, light, fun read about the history of coney restaurants with lots of pictures. And it was put together by volunteers from writing to photography, to getting it published with all proceeds going to Gleaners Community Food Bank. I learned quite a few interesting facts such as most of the coney restaurants getting their basic ingredients (hot dogs, buns, even coney sauce) from the same couple of suppliers. I also had not known the difference (or that there was a difference) between a Detroit coney and a Flint coney). Reading this book made me hungry for coneys.
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What a great book that really captures the heart and stomach of a city! I think it's also fantastic that the authors traveled to other parts of the country to connect their relationships with hot dogs. It's a simple story with a complex and detailed history that makes you really think about the connection between where you and live and what you eat.

Can't miss book!
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Told history of original Coneys, gave details on recipes, where to get products, and what makes Coneys so popular in Detroit
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Well written, nicely photographed history of the iconic Detroit hot dog and how it became so popular in the Motor City. Includes reviews and biographies of the owners who made coney islands a staple of Detroit cuisine. Also looks at the places throughout Michigan that carry on the tradition.
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Gave this to my dad for father's day and he loves detroit coneys and loves detroit history. He has already read it more than once and really likes all the facts!

Great Buy!
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