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Roadfood

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The 2014 Roadfood is coming off the presses, available at local bookstores and at online book sellers. The book that started it all is bigger than any previous edition, with 900 reviews of good-eats restaurants around the country, 200 of them new, and many more updated. The new edition features a ROADFOOD HONOR ROLL of the 100 most essential restaurants around the country -- "each a unique expression of something wonderful about American food and foodways."

Digital versions are available, but we like to carry the book on our road trips and have restaurateurs sign their write-ups; and because it is printed on paper designed to absorb maximum drips of barbecue sauce, gravy, fried-chicken juice, pancake syrup, and melting ice cream, it becomes a tactile and odoriferous souvenir!
Lexicon Book

The Lexicon of Real American Food

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The Lexicon of Real American Food tells all about American food as it is spoken - and enjoyed - across the nation. This is a book that defines how Americans really eat, including the history, meaning, lore, humor, and significance of local specialties from familiar Buffalo wings to such exotica as Polish boys and streak o' lean. Also included are the stories behind such gastronomic icons as the salad bar and the supermarket, the In 'N' Out secret menu, Twinkies and granola, sustainable food, Red Bull, and the raw food movement. Including full-color illustrations, select recipes, and profiles of foodie heroes from Arthur Bryant to Julia Child, this book is a joy to browse or to study, and is an essential reference to America's signature dishes and dining styles.
500 Things to eat before it's too late

500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late (and the Very Best Places to Eat Them)

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The ultimate guide to America's definitive and most delicious regional specialties - dishes so good that each is a Holy Grail destination for people who love to eat. With full-color photographs of must-eat treasures ranging from whole-hog barbecue in the South to kosher pastrami in New York and from the Northeast's whoopie pie to the greatest granola and date shakes in California, 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late is organized by region and state to be of maximum use to travelers in search of fabulous meals to remember for a lifetime. Regional maps help point the way, and the book is peppered with sidebars that include off-the-beaten path side trips, unique shopping opportunities, and rarely-seen recipes.
Roadfood Sandwiches

Roadfood Sandwiches

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Did you ever wonder how to make a true Hoosier tenderloin? A Louisville hot brown as prepared in the kitchen that invented it? Chopped liver on rye like at Katz's delicatessen in New York? San Diego's best tuna melt? A Cajun catfish po boy? A Nebraska bierock? A Key West Cuban? Hot beef? Italian beef? Beef on Weck?

The recipes for these sandwiches are a few of the nearly 100 recipes included in our newly-published Roadfood Sandwiches. It is a cookbook devoted exclusively to sandwiches (with a few recipes for condiments). As you might expect if you are a Roadfoodie yourself, none of the recipes are just made up. Each is associated with a place or region and most come from a particular restaurant. Our goal in writing the book was not only to make it possible for readers to prepare some of America's best sandwiches at home, but also to honor the people and eateries that have made these sandwiches something special. To that end, each entry in the book includes an introduction to the restaurant itself, and quite often a salute to its cooks or waitstaff or customers that all help create its unique Roadfood personality.
Two for the Road book

Two for the Road

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Road Trip!

Hop in the car with Jane and Michael Stern for hilarious adventures and misadventures hunting America's best roadside food. Two for the Road is their rollicking memoir of what it is like to eat everything, everywhere across the U.S.A. Share the best meals the Sterns have found (and some of the worst!) and come along for such roadside capers as:
  • shopping for souvenirs in maximum security prison gift shops
  • enrolling in bull-riding school taught by a rodeo champ
  • feeling no pain in the drinkingest bar in the West
  • ceremonial burial of pants that suddenly don't fit any more
  • trying to dispose of the foulest food in the history of travel

Two for the Road tells what it is like to drive more than three million miles and eat up to twelve meals a day, and to savor not only the pleasure of biscuits and gravy and cherry pie à la mode, but also the glorious pot luck banquet of unusual eateries and unforgettable characters who make Roadfooding such a joy.

"Jane and Michael Stern are America's premier roadside anthropologists." - New York Times Book Review
Dorset Inn

Elegant Comfort Food from the Dorset Inn

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The Dorset Inn sings of Green Mountain character. Its setting on the village green, its broad front porch just right for rocking, its inviting hearth and broad-plank floors all contribute to an enveloping sense of place that could be nowhere else. The meals served here – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – are a taste of Vermont at its very best. Chef Sissy Hicks, who calls her cuisine “comfort food,” has put together a book of recipes based on Yankee traditions of hearty portions, clarity of flavors, and transformation of leftovers into glorious meals. It celebrates not only great food, but also the character of a grand and charming hostelry that has been part of American history for over two centuries.
Post Office Book

Cooking in the Lowcountry from The Old Post Office Restaurant

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Opened in 1988, The Old Post Office has earned a reputation as one of the great new-South restaurants, where Chef Philip Bardin makes the most of local produce and regional cooking traditions. This book includes local lore, evocative photos of Island life, then and now, and wonderful recipes that range from shrimp & grits to sweet potato bread pudding. Actress Patti LuPone said, "I cannot imagine being on Edisto Island and not eating at the Old Post office. When I am not on Edisto, I dream of Chef Philip Bardin's shrimp and grits."
Louie's Backyard book

Louie's Backyard Cookbook

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The next best thing to visiting Key West in person, The Louie's Backyard Cookbook is a treasury of recipes from the Island's most romantic – and most delicious – restaurant. With over 150 fresh, innovative, and brilliantly colorful recipes from chef Doug Shook, this book also includes photos and stories of life in Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffet noted that "Louie's Backyard is right next door to where I used to live. It has one of the best views. I have a lot of history there. I celebrated my first divorce there, and I met my second wife there. No, not on the same day."
Harry Carry Book

The Harry Caray's Restaurant Cookbook

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Holy Cow! It’s another Roadfood cookbook, this one from the Chicago restaurant originally opened by the voice of the Cubs, sportscaster Harry Caray. Harry is gone, but the place he began has become what is arguably the top steak house in the Windy City, serving not only prime beef but also great Italian food (Harry was born Harry Carabina). This book contains recipes for the best dishes in the house, including those unique Chicagoland specialties, shrimp de Jonghe and chicken Vesuvio. Its pages are also filled with photographs of Harry and the museum’s worth of baseball memorabilia that decorates the dining rooms, plus stories about the extremely colorful life of America’s best-known and most-loved baseball fan.
blue willow

The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook

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Here is the first in a series of Roadfood cookbooks from America’s favorite regional eateries. Voted "Best Small-Town Restaurant in the South" by readers of Southern Living magazine, The Blue Willow Inn of Social Circle, Georgia, is a banquet of Dixie food. No one is allowed to leave hungry from its endless buffet, where dozens of vegetables, plus chicken and biscuits, are continuously brought fresh and hot from the kitchen. The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook contains recipes for all the Blue Willow’s best dishes, from fried green tomatoes to red velvet cake, plus a bounty of lore about the inn itself (which some say was the inspiration for Tara in Gone with the Wind), the town of Social Circle, and a culinary experience that writer Louis Grizzard proclaimed "authentic and delicious".

MSFT Streets & Trips

Microsoft Streets & Trips

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Microsoft Streets and Trips is the all-in-one mapping solution that delivers a comprehensive array of maps, points of interest, routes, driving directions, and Pocket PC compatibility in one value-priced software package.

Features:

  • GPS support: Orient yourself on the road with a GPS device running NMEA 2.0 or later. Simply plug the device into your machine running Streets and Trips and see your location.
  • Updated maps of the United States and Canada: more than 5.4 million miles of routable local, city, state, and highway roads in the United States and Canada--representing the 35,000+ U.S. and 700,000+ Canadian postal codes.
  • Route Planner: With Route Planner, you can view, add, delete, and rearrange destinations. Route Planner also lets you set fuel costs, driving speed, and preferred routes.
  • Find what’s nearby: locate more than 550,000 restaurants, 90,700 gas stations, 117,000 ATM locations, 7,950 golf courses, and much more.
  • Road construction updates: be aware of local construction and road closures through updated information that's available on the Web for easy download.
  • Pocket Streets for your Pocket PC: with Microsoft Pocket Streets running on your Pocket PC or Smartphone, you can download maps or export an area from Streets and Trips.

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