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The Tofu Tollbooth Paperback – October 1, 1998
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Printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based ink, The Tofu Tollbooth came about when a vegetarian folk singer (Dar Williams, in this case) hit the road and faced the dilemma of eating meatless in America. Teaming up with Elizabeth Zipern (author of Grateful Dead cookbook Cooking with the Dead), Williams put together a compendium of handpicked natural-food stores and eating spots across the USA. More than merely an organic food resource, The Tofu Tollbooth emanates charm and congeniality as well as details and addresses. The key to amenities (including deli, bakery, café, juice bar, salad bar, filtered water machine, wheelchair access, co-op, beer/wine, and coffee to go) is characterized by appealing hand-drawn icons, and the authors mention other useful tidbits of information as well, such as what's nearby that's worth a visit. The guide contains more than 1,000 health-food options, and for each site, the concise write-ups contain address and phone number, directions from the highways (a wonderful addition), hours of operation, and the parade of cute icons that let you know what to expect to find there (once you memorize that the face with beret stands for café, the carrot in a glass denotes juice bar, and the hot pepper means an especially hot tip). Whether you're performing on tour, traveling with the family, or road tripping on business, it's nice to link up museums, romantic lookouts, night life, and hiking trails with locations that sell soy milk, fresh produce, and organic chocolate. You might not eat another McDonald's desperation dinner ever again. --Stephanie Gold
"Well this is just great! A million thanks for this!" -- Jonathan Fishman of Phish
The Tofu Tollbooth should find a place in any health-conscious traveler's suitcase -- Arthur Frommer's Daily Newsletter, August 24, 1998
Out of the hundreds of books we receive, here are 1998's most notable: Smartest Cross-Country Guide - The Tofu Tollbooth. -- Eating Well, Nov./Dec. 1998
You're driving down an endless highway in Wyoming counting the miles between "You're in Cow Country, Eat Beef" signs. Thank goodness you have the Tofu Tollbooth on your dashboard. How else could you ever have found that organic salad bar in Jackson. Or that community coop in Utah?....Tips on nearby hiking, hostels and places to just watch the sunset make it invaluable on your nest trip. -- anonymous reader
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a whole bunch of natural food stores have gone up since "98"
and many of the listed stores are out of buisness.we travelled in "2000" and found it out dated, i can only imagine how outdated it is now.
one more point: even being out dated this book is well worth it
because most stores are still running and even when we ran across one that was gone the book had still put us in an area were another heathfood store had popped up. well worth the $
i'd buy it 5 years from now if there were no revised ed.s, but really hope thats not the future