America the Edible: A Hungry History From Sea to Dining Sea

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The host of Travel Channel’s most popular show explains how iconic American foods have captured our culinary imaginations—you won't look at a bagel the same way again!

In America the Edible, Travel Channel host Adam Richman tackles the ins and outs of American cuisine, demonstrating his own unique brand of culinary anthropology. Believing that regional cuisine reveals far more than just our taste for chicken fried steak or 3-way chili, Richman explores the ethnic, economic,...

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America the Edible: A Hungry History, from Sea to Dining Sea

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Overview

The host of Travel Channel’s most popular show explains how iconic American foods have captured our culinary imaginations—you won't look at a bagel the same way again!

In America the Edible, Travel Channel host Adam Richman tackles the ins and outs of American cuisine, demonstrating his own unique brand of culinary anthropology. Believing that regional cuisine reveals far more than just our taste for chicken fried steak or 3-way chili, Richman explores the ethnic, economic, and cultural factors that shape the way we eat—and how food, in turn, reflects who we are as a nation. Richman uses his signature wit and casual charm to take youon a tour around the country,explaining such curiosities as why bagels are shaped like circles, why fried chicken is so popular in the South, and how some of the most iconic American food—hot dogs, fries, and soda—are not really American at all. Writing with passion, curiosity, and a desire to share his knowledge, he includes recipes, secret addresses for fun and tasty finds, and tips on how to eat like a local from coast to coast.

Part travelogue, part fun fact book, part serious culinary journalism, Richman’s America the Edible illuminates the food map in a way nobody has before.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605293028
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,417,232
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Richman

ADAM RICHMAN is the host of the Travel Channel series Man. v. Food. He earned his master’s degree from Yale University, has appeared in several TV shows, and has worked in many restaurants around the country. He lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    OK but disappointing

    Like nearly everyone who will pick up this book, I'm a fan of Man v. Food. However, it is too short on the food travelogue promised and too long on Richman's sexual exploits.

    On his show, I've admired Richman's ability to describe the taste and texture of foods without falling back on vague words like "delicious" or "creamy." There's not much of that here. Mostly it's long lists of foods, some unfamiliar (to me at least, and I've been a food writer for 15 years!) and little to no explanation. The histories of the cities Richman covers are about as inspiring as Chamber of Commerce brochures.

    It was also sad and disappointing to discover that Richman may not be the lovable lug he plays on TV. Call me a prude, but I could have done without the tales of his sexual conquests in cities he visited. Taking into consideration there might be some male braggadoccio involved, it's still tacky.

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