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A national icon gets its due in the "The Great American Hot Dog Book" by Becky Mercuri. She digs up recipes from popular hot dog stands in every state in the union, including Massachusetts weiners from Blue Light Kitchen of Provincetown and Hot Dog Annie's, "the legend of Leicester." There's even a recipe for pizza fries from Moogy's of Brighton to go with the dogs. -- Boston Herald, April 17, 2007

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From the classic Coney Island Dog of New York to the tortilla-wrapped Bacon Burrito Dog served up at Pink's in Los Angeles, The Great American Hot Dog Book takes you on a tour of each state and reveals the inside story of where the hot dog originated and how it became one of America's favorite food icons.
Whether at ball games, picnics or family cookouts, Americans consume around 20 billion hot dogs a year, so it's no wonder they are permanently part of our culinary traditions. Wherever you find yourself in the country, there's bound to be a local hot dog stand, deli, diner or restaurant with a special take on this American comfort food classic. With chronicles of various regional eating establishments, this collectible cookbook is not only a handy road-trip guide, but it also shares America's most legendary recipes for wieners, sauces, chilis, slaws, relishes, side dishes and more.
Becky Mercuri has been a contributing editor for Cookbook Collectors Exchange, a nationally distributed newsletter, for seven years. She was the editor of a popular food and travel column for the Wellsville Daily Reporter in western New York. An accomplished cook who has gathered recipes throughout the world, Becky is also a contributing member to several organizations and their national newsletters, an avid student of culinary history, a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and a well-respected food and travel writer based in New York. She is the author of American Sandwich.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423600223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600220
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Catherine R. Slussler on July 31, 2007
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I have never written a review for anything before, but this one deserves it. I absolutely love this book and so does my husband. I never knew so much about hot dogs, as well as the many different ways that people eat them across the country. I have it sitting out so that everyone can see it, and normally that is the first thing they pick up when they come to my home. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, even those who don't like hot dogs will like this book. It is totally awesome.
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First off, you're going to need two copies of this book: one for the kitchen and one for your glove box. One for the kitchen and one for the road!

Becky Mercuri, as in all her other fine books, has once again gone above and beyond in her quest to document the historical authenticity, modern day excellence, and (with apologies to A.B.) just plane ol' good eats!

The Great American Hot Dog Book does for hot dogs what hot sauce did for the lowly chicken wing: it takes the common and turns it into the exceptional! No matter your station in life, you'll never be able to look down your nose at the hot dog ever again! The recipes that Ms Becky has researched, tested, and then included in this book will see to it that you won't!

She has done a great job of providing us with the knowledge and recipes that examine and celebrate the various regional differences and preferences for hot dogs across this great land of ours. And there are some undeniable difference, for sure. Just ask any hot dog vendor in Chicago for ketchup on your dog and see what happens...

This is a great book on a great American tradition.

Thank you Becky Mercuri for another outstanding resource on traditional American food.
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Hot dogs are as American as can be. From reading The Great American Hot Dog Book you will learn that hot dogs are also very regional. This excellent cookbook covers hot dogs from all across the USA.

Had been looking for recipes for Chicago Hot Dogs and Cincinnati Chili. The Great American Hot Dog Book came through for me beautifully. This delightful cookbook included the best recipes for Cincinnati Chili and Chicago Hot Dogs I've been able to find.

If you're like me then you probably need more than just hot dogs for a meal. No problem. The author, Becky Mercuri has included recipes for things like fries, sauces, and chilis.

Are hot dogs good for you? I don't care. If you assemble hot dogs like Becky Mercuri tells you to do then you'll have one of the best meals on the planet!
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In The Great American Hot Dog Book one will find not only recipes for hot dogs in every conceivable fashion, but also recipes for side dishes and a wealth of information on the hot dog. Ms. Mercuri has outdone herself in providing a real reference on the history of the hot dog and how it became an icon of the American foodways. Recipes from across the country, showcasing each regional specialty are included, making this book a great travel guide as well as a cookbook. Her attention to detail and recipe testing are well-evident and make for a terrific book.
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This book is an excellent addition to any Hot Dog lovers collection. Found a lot of recipes for "secret" sauces and special menu items from different locations. It also is a great guide book to hot dog spots all over the country, almost all of which can be found on [...] The Largest Hot Dog Directory on the web!!!
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The ultimate guide to, and history of, the all-American hotdog. Mercuri's talent as an author and historian shine in her latest endeavor. The best of America's hotdog eateries are documented, along with plenty of recipes and historical data that pique the interests of anyone who enjoys a good "dog" now and then. This one should be in every pantry in America! After all, who doesn't like a good hotdog?
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I remember when the world famous Nick Tahou's garbage plate (Rochester, NY) was really about a half hour from being tossed in the dumpster. The hot dogs and home fries that sat warming on the grill most of the day comprised this tasty delicacy. They'd throw a good size pile of home fries on the plate, top with a couple of chopped up hot dogs, couple of spoons of minced onion and a ladle full of meat sauce. All for a dollar and if you could finish it -the next plate was free. Greasy as it was, we loved it. Usually went there about two in the morning-it's the rough side of town-manhood thing. Mustard and ketchup on your garbage plate and a bottomless cup of coffee and the ambiance of skid row. Later after numerous celebrities and rock stars discovered this, it went upscale. The meat sauce was good with mayonnaise-macaroni salad, also on cheeseburgers with mustard and onion. Becky Mercuri really gives up a lot of the Greek style hot dog sauce recipe secrets-it's all in the sauce! Most importantly you need a good beef stock to cook your ground beef in and that ground beef should have been finely ground to disperse and absorb the flavors. No more spoilers-with ideas from Becky you can't miss! I've got a sauce that's indistinguishable from Tahou's!
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Becky Mercuri's latest addition to the history, traditions, and tastes of an American classic is truly a book to be read, used, and savored. From the traditions of New England to the modern stylings of the West Coast, Mercuri takes you on a culinary journey across the nation's hot dog highways and byways. Grab a copy of the book, sit back, and enjoy a trip that you will no doubt relish.
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