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

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What are the all-time best dishes America has to offer, the ones you must taste before they vanish, so delicious they deserve to be a Holy Grail for travelers? Where?s the most vibrant Key lime pie in Florida? The most sensational chiles rellenos in New Mexico? The most succulent fried clams on the Eastern Seaboard? The most memorable whoopie pies, gumbos, tacos, cheese steaks, crab feasts? In 500 Things to Eat Before It?s Too Late, "America?s leading authorities on the culinary delights to be found while ...

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Overview

What are the all-time best dishes America has to offer, the ones you must taste before they vanish, so delicious they deserve to be a Holy Grail for travelers? Where’s the most vibrant Key lime pie in Florida? The most sensational chiles rellenos in New Mexico? The most succulent fried clams on the Eastern Seaboard? The most memorable whoopie pies, gumbos, tacos, cheese steaks, crab feasts? In 500 Things to Eat Before It’s Too Late, "America’s leading authorities on the culinary delights to be found while driving" (Newsweek) return to their favorite subject with a colorful, bursting-at-the-seams life list of America’s must-eats.

Illustrated throughout with mouth-watering color photos and road maps, this indispensable guide is organized by region, then by state. Each entry captures the food in luscious detail and gives the lowdown on the café, roadside stand, or street cart where it’s served. When "bests" abound—hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, apple pie, doughnuts—the Sterns rank their offerings. Sidebars feature profiles of idiosyncratic creators, recipes, and local attractions.

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Editorial Reviews

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Starred Review.

Veteran road dogs and James Beard Award-winning food journalists Jane and Michael Stern (Roadfood, Two for the Road) have what may be their best offering yet in this easy to use, consolidated guide to America's best off-the-beaten-path eateries. Along the way, the Sterns identify the best of everything crave-worthy: regional specialties like cheese steaks in Philly, southern sweets like banana pudding and key lime pie, as well as (admittedly subjective) national rankings for classics like ribs, burgers and French fries. They even scour elusive vendors like Connecticut hot dog wagons and San Francisco taco trucks. Other notable suggestions: a cool glass of the Latino rice milk beverage Horchata at Guelaguetza in L.A., the Northwest's best cup of coffee at Ristretto Roasters in Portland; and the best cherry pie in Michigan at Beulah's Cherry Hut. Homebodies can make do with a handful of recipes (including Cincinnati five way chili, and Massachusetts's Dirt Bomb, a cinnamon and sugar-rolled muffin), but the Sterns' lyrical and enthusiastic field reports, topped off with suggestions for after-meal exploring (Philadelphia's medical anomalies museum, New Orleans's Audobon Insectarium), should be enough to get any reader with a taste for mom-and-pop Americana hungry for the road.
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Library Journal

Since the 1970s, the Sterns have been writing about American regional food in books (e.g., Roadfood), a James Beard Award-winning column in Gourmet magazine, and their web sites, roadfood.comand roadfooddigest.com. Their new book is arranged by region and then alphabetically by the food, with each description listing "the very best place" to eat it. The variety of food is as large as the country, ranging from the usual pizza, hot dogs, and French fries to the unusual-smoked eel, perloo (a Carolina low-country cousin of jambalaya), and hoppel poppel (a Midwestern scramble of eggs, meat, and vegetables). The descriptions are entertaining and enlightening, with the Sterns calling the cooks, bakers, and sandwich makers they encounter "American culinary folk artists." Descriptions include the addresses, phone numbers, and web sites, if available, of the restaurants visited, and sidebars offer information on museums, stores, etc., nearby. Recipes include one for Whoopie Pie Cake, which is easier to make than the famous whoopie pies. This should be popular with foodies and travelers alike.
—Christine Bulson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547059075
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/4/2009
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 636,106
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JANE and MICHAEL STERN are the authors of the best-selling Roadfood and the acclaimed memoir Two for the Road. They are contributing editors to Gourmet , where they write the James Beard Award–winning column "Roadfood," and they appear weekly on NPR’s The Splendid Table. Winners of a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, the Sterns have also been inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Yum

    Gave this as a gift to travelin' folk. We all had fun checking our locales for favorite eateries and it was a kick to find listings we were familiar with and others that we had driven by but not stopped. The entries were well written, entertaining and could make your month water. The gift recipient now has the book in the car door storage pocket for ease of reference when on the road and I now have the book on my own "want" list.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Helpful advice for when you're on the road

    I was in the travel section of the local B & N, and the title caught my eye. This book has a LOT of information. It's broken down by sections of the country, so if you visit any region, you can get an idea of some of the more interesting places. (I know where to go on my next trip). There are also some hidden gems in my homwtown, and the place I currently live that I'll have to check out. Really an enjoyable book, if there are regions you don't plan to visit, just skip to the ones you do plan to see, and start making your list.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Great book for the traveling foodie!

    Always looking for the interesting and unusual to eat while traveling. This book meets that criteria. Will always pack it with the Sterns' other great food book, "Roadfood," when I travel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2009

    Strange choices...

    A list like this is very subjective to the reviewer's tastes, I was expecting some very popular local eatiers to be listed in the book and they weren't. Plus, some of the restaurants in this book are off the beaten path and not always located in the best part of the city.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Road Trip

    Exceptionally comprehensive account of food treats and eats. Forget haute cuisine, this is finger lickin' good, roll up your sleeves and dive in fare. Fit for serious foodies who yearn to discover the "local joints" and their respective specialties. Road trip anyone?

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