Well, summer is over…and therefore summer reading is over. However, I do love this project of reading a book every week or every two weeks and blogging about it…so I think I’m going to continue this for as long as I can stand it.
Soul food. Road food. Comfort food. American food. Those words in any sentence will instantly give me a warm cuddly feeling inside. Since I have been blessed with the ability to gain weight just by looking at food, I rarely indulge in a big bowl of mac n’ cheese…therefore I must live vicariously through other individuals who are no where near as self conscience as I am and who will gladly pound down a burger, fries, chocolate milk shake, fried chicken, coleslaw, and a piece of apple pie ala mode all in one sitting. And what better way to experience road food cuisine than with the people who know it best: Jane and Michael Stern.
Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food documents the good food, the bad service, and the ugly to-go meals that wife and husband team, Jane and Michael Stern, experience as they travel America, hoping to visit every roadside restaurant the USA has to offer. Their adventures are humorous and perilous as they sample some amazing ribs, chicken, and pork chops…as well as soupy pig intestines, pig ears, brain sandwiches, and much…or so much more.
One has to admire their stamina, as they willingly consume 10-12 meals a day, doing their best to sample as much as they can from restaurants nationwide. Included throughout the book are recipes for classic “American cuisine”, such as jello salads, clam chowder, and broccoli casserole.
Two for the Road is a fun and easy read. It is a great road trip companion or a motivator to head out and see what kind of amazing food your state is having for dinner tonight.
SUGGESTION: If you love soul food (ribs, fried chicken, etc.), you’ll enjoy this book. I was hoping I would like it more than I did…so I would say SKIP IT. Actually, I found so much more information on the Stern’s Web site: www.roadfood.com. I recommend checking that out before reading Two for the Road.
NEXT WEEK: “But still the clever north wind was not satisfied. It spoke to Vianne of towns yet to be visited, friends in need yet to be discovered, battles yet to be fought…” And then what?…
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