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Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run Hardcover – Illustrated, April 1, 2008
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About the Author
Jean-Claude Dhien was trained as a chef in Europe and now works as a photographer. He accompanied Alton Brown on his first Feasting on Asphalt series in 2006.
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 1.68 pounds
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781584796817
- ISBN-13 : 978-1584796817
- Dimensions : 7.88 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Reading level : 13 and up
- ASIN : 1584796812
- Publisher : Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #601,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book, though, is a little treasure, as far as I'm concerned. The opening foldout map shows the nature of his mini-Odyssey along the Mississippi River, sampling diners and restaurants as he (and his crew) cycle from the Delta to Lake Itasca. I'm an Illinois farm boy, so it was cool to see some of the towns from my home state on his map--Cairo, Alton, Quincy, Nauvoo, and Moline. And other places familiar to me from the Iowa side--Burlington, Muscatine, Clinton, Dubuque.
The book begins with a nice little introduction on Brown's romance with "asphalt." Then, from state to state as the crew moves from Louisiana to Minnesota, eateries that they stop at are featured, and some recipes provided. Kind of a cool concept here.
Some examples of eateries and recipes:
New Orleans, Louisiana: Crawfish Bowl at Big Fisherman Seafood
Greenville, Mississippi: Breakfast ribs at Jim's Cafe
Memphis, Tennessee: Memphis-style turkey legs at Melanie's Soul Food
Illinois and Iowa: Loose meat sandwich (Maid-Rite--In my home town,
we had a Maid-Rite while I was in high school--Yummy!). Ground beef,
onion, prepared mustard, water, Worcestershire Sauce, kosher salt).
Despite my cholesterol level, I'm tempted to try this!
Crosby, Minnesota: Parsley Bread from The (very quirky) Nordic Inn.
There is a final description of Lake Itasca, where the Mississippi River begins.
As one might expect from watching Brown's show, this is an idiosyncratic work. But it is a lot of fun and there are some neat recipes in here. But the Odyssey may be even more interesting than the recipes. Good eats? Good reading!
If you are looking strictly for a recipe book than this is not your book, but if you are looking for a book that has great recipes in it and has stories that are entertaining that accompany the recipe, or you just like Alton Brown, than this is a great book.