The Great American Hot Dog Book

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2007/03/30 20:49:04 (permalink)

The Great American Hot Dog Book

This is the title of a new book that will be hitting bookstores soon. I was sent an advance copy that I just finished reading. An excellent book about hot dogs that is well researched, well written, and a fun and easy read. It is published by Gibbs Smith of Layton, Utah and written by Becky Mercuri. See here for more info:http://www.amazon.com/Great-American-Hot-Dog-Book/dp/1423600223/ref=sr_1_3/103-7009109-8546260?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1174700044&sr=1-3

The book starts out by giving a history of the American Hot Dog and debunking urban legends and myths. Well documented, this is a fine history and introduction to the regional styles and descriptions of hot dogs that follow. The chapters include hot dogs of the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, West and Southwest, and Pacific. Ms. Mercuri not only describes the types of hot dogs popular in each region, but gives names, descriptions, and histories of hot dog establishments all across the nation. Not only a handy road trip guide, but also a cookbook as well, sharing recipes for wieners, sauces, chilis, slaws, relishes, side dishes and more.

This book will appeal not only to hardcore frank fanatics, but to anyone who likes hot dogs and has an appreciation for history. Not to mention the many cooks who might want to reproduce a relish, chili, or side dish from a favorite hot dog joint. There's even a recipe for Italian Hot Dogs! I heartily recommend this book.
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    bbqjimbob
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/03/30 23:11:50 (permalink)
    Thanks for the info. I'm looking forward to reading it. As for one of those urban legends and myths that it debunks- let me guess- that earthosorbate (sp?) is nightcrawlers?!
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    Jimeats
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/03/31 07:22:08 (permalink)
    WoW, You guys have your own bible now?
    Sounds like a fun read. Chow Jim
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/03/31 10:49:26 (permalink)
    Thanks John! Looks like a good read.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/03/31 20:26:05 (permalink)
    Thanks. I just ordered it.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/03 19:06:05 (permalink)
    <<The chapters include hot dogs of the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, West and Southwest, and Pacific. Ms. Mercuri not only describes the types of hot dogs popular in each region, but gives names, descriptions, and histories of hot dog establishments all across the nation.>>

    John: How accurate would you say it is with the stuff you are the expert on, like NJ Hot Dogs and places? That's usually my measuring stick with any book I'm thinking of buying. If they are way off base with the stuff I know about, how accurate could it be with everything else? --Ken
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    John Fox
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 12:23:15 (permalink)
    The book is very accurate. Becky Mercuri did her homework. She spent an awful lot of time researching hot dog history as well as the history of the places mentioned. She spoke with many of the owners of the hot dog establishments included and has created recipes that are knockoffs of some of the popular condiments and toppings found at places like Rutt's Hut, Blackies, and the many Texas Weiner or Coney Island type restaurants. Roadfood is mentioned too, as Mrs. Mercuri is familiar with our favorite web site.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 12:26:55 (permalink)
    I ordered one on the internet.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 12:48:36 (permalink)
    Mine arrived a little while ago. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 12:52:16 (permalink)
    Wow, that was fast! It should be in the bookstores soon acccording to Becky Mercuri. Mid April I think, although my local Barnes & Noble said they will have it April 28.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 17:09:34 (permalink)
    Hey, John, I see that you're quoted in the book. Hmph! New Jersey has the best hotdogs. Balderdash!
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 17:43:24 (permalink)
    John: Thanks for the reply to my question, I'm going to put the book on my birthday list for later this month. ---Ken
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 19:10:02 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    Hey, John, I see that you're quoted in the book. Hmph! New Jersey has the best hotdogs. Balderdash!


    Indeed. Or as the author put it, "Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are considered the Holy Trinity of Tube Steaks, although anyone from Chicago would hotly debate this claim." Although I do like the variety of hot dogs available in Jersey (and would say that N.J. has the best dogs) I was quoted as saying that Jersey is "the hot dog capital of the world... serving a wide diversity of hot dogs ranging from Texas weiners, Italian hot dogs, kosher style all beef, New Jersey deep-fried... and quality beef pork griddle franks."

    You gotta admit, at least it's at the epicenter of the hot dog universe.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 19:25:24 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by John Fox

    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    Hey, John, I see that you're quoted in the book. Hmph! New Jersey has the best hotdogs. Balderdash!


    Indeed. Or as the author put it, "Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York are considered the Holy Trinity of Tube Steaks, although anyone from Chicago would hotly debate this claim." Although I do like the variety of hot dogs available in Jersey (and would say that N.J. has the best dogs) I was quoted as saying that Jersey is "the hot dog capital of the world... serving a wide diversity of hot dogs ranging from Texas weiners, Italian hot dogs, kosher style all beef, New Jersey deep-fried... and quality beef pork griddle franks."

    You gotta admit, at least it's at the epicenter of the hot dog universe.

    Well, as a Connecticut native banished to Ohio I'll agree that you have a few good hotdogs in New Jersey. Then again, when living in Ohio, what else could I say?
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 19:39:15 (permalink)
    There are about 4 pages devoted to Ohio. The popular Cincinnati chili and Coney Dogs are mentioned as is Tony Packo's Cafe. Ever been to Tony Packo's?
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 21:07:43 (permalink)
    Yes, I have been to Tony Packo's -- several times. The hotdogs are OK, lots of snap, but the relish and the sauce are terrific.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 21:35:21 (permalink)
    Saturday, September 15, 2007...the 4th Annual N.J. Hot Dog Tour. Where believers are made.

    "Next to the race at Monte Carlo, the concours d'elegance at Pebble Beach, and the festival at Cannes, my favorite event."
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/04 22:04:20 (permalink)
    Received mine today and already enjoy it. John: great tip on the book and you deserve the mention you receive in it!
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/05 11:10:43 (permalink)
    John:

    Thanks for bringing this to my/our attention. I just placed an order for a copy. My wife and I enjoy traveling around the US and this should be a great resource to have. I look forward to reading and learning - and following that up with plenty of tasting and enjoying!!!


    Hope all is doing well with John and family.


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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2007/04/21 14:33:12 (permalink)
    I ordered a copy 10days ago... patiently still waiting. Thanks!
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/16 17:23:08 (permalink)
    Great call on this book John. Our local library just got it in and I enjoyed it so much I bought my own copy for the recipes.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/16 18:04:02 (permalink)
    I just ordered one myself...Russ
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/17 10:50:32 (permalink)
    my kind of book. Thanks John!
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/19 05:26:41 (permalink)
    Just ordered my copy. Will be here on Thurs.
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/19 05:29:18 (permalink)
    Thanks for the tip....I'm gonna enjoy it!!!
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/25 09:14:30 (permalink)
    I just received the copy I ordered from Amazon. There are many excellent recipes in the book. This is a must own book for any fan of Hot Dogs! ...Russ
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/25 14:26:56 (permalink)
    Is there anything in there about Carolina style dogs?
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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/25 14:41:43 (permalink)
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    Is there anything in there about Carolina style dogs?


    Yes. She visits Buzzy and Bear's Grill in Huntersville, NC, and there is a recipe for "Piedmont-style NC Dogs and Coleslaw". Then she goes to Jay Bee's in Statesville, NC, and gives a recipe for an "NC BBQ Dog" and "Eastern NC Coleslaw".

    South Carolina has City Billiards in Aiken, with a recipe for "Chili Dogs".


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    RE: The Great American Hot Dog Book 2008/03/26 13:38:24 (permalink)
    thanks
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