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BT

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New Book on Eating Contests Sun, 06/4/06 11:45 PM (permalink)
It's called "Horsemen of the Esophagus". Cute. Here's a brief review from the Wall Street Journal:
quote:
Airplane Reading
June 3, 2006; Page P9
Horsemen of the Esophagus
By Jason Fagone
Crown, 303 pages, $24


With the calorie cops yanking soda machines from schools and indicting Ronald McDonald as a career criminal, it is a stunning act of dissent to serve up a book on the glories of competitive eating. By extolling contests wherein participants try to cram more comestibles down their gullets than the next guy, Jason Fagone isn't advocating mega-ingestion as a daily habit, though his amused style will not please the scolds. He is simply fascinated by the competitors and their methods. In "Horsemen of the Esophagus," Mr. Fagone gives us the skinny on various "gurgitation" competitions and introduces us to several contestants whose hand-eye coordination, at least when it comes to shoveling in the grub, qualifies them as world-class athletes. There is David "Coondog" O'Karma, a renowned bratwurst scarfer; Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, a chicken-wing specialist; and, perhaps most notably, Takeru Kobayashi, who eats hot dogs -- buns included -- like a whale eats plankton. (His record at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest on Coney Island is 53.5 dogs in 12 minutes. The five-time champion will defend his title next month.) As for health concerns, they are put into perspective by an eating prodigy named Joe Paul, who brags that he has consumed 219 mussels in 10 minutes. "And that," he says, "was after the stroke."


Eating contest scolds here on Roadfood--beware.
 
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    enginecapt

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    RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 8:14 PM (permalink)
    Beware hell, I'll simply not buy the book, seeing as how I'm of the opinion that gluttony contests are an embarrassment upon the human race.
     
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      Scorereader

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      RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 8:35 PM (permalink)
      it would all depend on what one's definition of gluttony is.
      A contest might be gluttony in one's eye. Or, a contest may simply be a contest to another where gluttony is defined more by one's way of life and constant behavior than a 10 minute game.



       
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        enginecapt

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        RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 8:50 PM (permalink)
        A and B.
         
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          salsailsa

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          RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 9:15 PM (permalink)
          Enginecapt. I AGREE with you entirely!
           
          #5
            Tony Bad

            RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 9:27 PM (permalink)
            Why does this all sound so familiar? Its like deja vu all over again!
             
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              enginecapt

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              RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 9:43 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by Tony Bad

              Its like deja vu all over again!
              10-4 there, Yogi.
               
              #7
                Tony Bad

                RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 10:38 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by enginecapt
                10-4 there, Yogi.


                When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

                ...or perhaps even more appropriate to this and the prior conversation...

                Our similarities are different.

                oh that Yogi!
                 
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                  BT

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                  RE: New Book on Eating Contests Mon, 06/5/06 11:17 PM (permalink)
                  Lots of "calorie cops" here. It must be some kind of penance for them.
                   
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                    Copperhedzkettle

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                    RE: New Book on Eating Contests Tue, 06/6/06 8:42 AM (permalink)

                    Where does "glutton for punishment" fall? Is there a contest?????
                    I'm sure I could participate and come in with an honorable mention ribbon at the very least.


                    Copperoo
                     
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