Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip ... with Recipes! [NOOK Book]

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Food Network star Guy Fieri takes you on a tour of America's most colorful diners, drive-ins, and dives in this tie-in to his enormously popular television show, complete with recipes, photos, and memorabilia.

Packed with Guy's iconic personality, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives follows his hot-rod trips around the country, mapping out the best places most of us have never heard of. From digging in at legendary burger joint the Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, California, baking Peanut ...

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Overview

Food Network star Guy Fieri takes you on a tour of America's most colorful diners, drive-ins, and dives in this tie-in to his enormously popular television show, complete with recipes, photos, and memorabilia.

Packed with Guy's iconic personality, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives follows his hot-rod trips around the country, mapping out the best places most of us have never heard of. From digging in at legendary burger joint the Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, California, baking Peanut Pie from Virginia Diner in Wakefield, Virginia, or kicking back with Pete's "Rubbed and Almost Fried" Turkey Sandwich from Panini Pete's in Fairhope, Alabama, Guy showcases the amazing personalities, fascinating stories, and outrageously good food offered by these American treasures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The iron-stomached Fieri, restaurant owner and Food Network personality, has probably choked down more burgers, bacon, pancakes, hash browns and fried eggs than any person should have to, and this dense, photo-packed retrospective allows viewers to replicate many of his favorite restaurants' recipes at home. Like the show, Fieri takes diners on a tour of the country's best local eateries, like Kansas City favorite YJ's Snack Bar, which uses two electric burners and a sidewalk grill to crank out exotic fare from around the world; James Beard Award-winning Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis; and all culinary points in between. The book contains a fair number of predictable classics like coconut cream pie, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf and burgers (including one that's dipped in batter and deep-fried), but has an equal number of interesting riffs such as Cap'n Crunch French Toast, Nut N' Honey Pancakes, Pork and Sweet Potato Empanadas and Chicken Fried Lamb Chops. Viewers' requests are also featured, including the Red Arrow Diner's American Chop Suey. Rounded out with plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and local color, this tour of off-the-beaten-path establishments has enough regional entries to keep culinary road-trippers busy (and full) for many, many miles.
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Library Journal

Fieri, co-owner of several restaurants in Santa Rosa and Sacramento, CA, was the winner of the second season of The Next Food Network Star. He's now host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and his first book, with food writer Volkwein, is a spin-off from the series. Fieri has an exuberant personality, and his search for "Flavortown" led him to 60 diners, mom-and-pop cafés, and other casual dining spots across the country. He provides an introduction to each place (often with a "Guy Aside," an anecdote about filming the series), along with at least one recipe; there are also black-and-white photographs of each spot, often of the kitchens in action. Sure to be popular, this cookbook/travelog is a good companion to Jane and Michael Stern's RoadFood books. For most collections.


—Judith Sutton
No Source
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061964503
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 145,620
  • File size: 37 MB
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Meet the Author

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri is the culinary rock star of Food Network, hosting the top-rated Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy's Grocery Games, Guy's Big Bite, and Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. His four books—Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; More Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown; and Guy Fieri Food—were major New York Times bestsellers. Guy is the co-owner of Johnny Garlic's California Pasta Grill, Tex Wasabi's, Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, Guy's Burger Joint, and GFOC (Guy Fieri on Campus). He lives in Northern California with his wife, Lori, and their two boys, Hunter and Ryder.


Ann Volkwein is a food and lifestyle writer based in New York City and Austin, Texas, who also collaborated with Guy on his four previous books.

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Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
An All-American Road Trip . . . with Recipes!

Mike's Maine Crab Cakes

Make 16 (3-ounce) crab cakes

Adapted from a recipe from A1 Diner: Real food, Recipes, and Recollections by Sarah Rolph, Tilbury House Publishers, 2006

These are loaded with crab, and even in a state that is famous for this dish, people come to Gardiner to track them down.

Ingredients:

1½ pounds fresh crabmeat, picked over for shells
1½ cups fresh corn (or frozen corn, thawed)
¾ cup diced red bell pepper
¾ cup chopped celery
¾ cup finely chopped yellow onion
1½ cups mayonnaise
¾ teaspoon dry mustard
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2½ cups saltine cracker crumbs, divided
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more as needed

Instructions:

1. Mix the crabmeat, corn, bell pepper, celery, onion, mayonnaise, and mustard in a medium bowl. Season with the salt and pepper. Gently fold in the beaten egg and 1½ cups of the cracker crumbs, taking care not to overwork the mixture.

2. Place the remaining 1 cup crumbs on a plate or in a shallow dish.

3. Form the crab mixture into 3-ounce patties, about 3 inches in diameter. Coat the cakes with the cracker crumbs, on both sides, by placing each cake in the dish of crumbs and pressing gently.

4. Heat a large skillet over ­medium-high heat, add the butter, and cook the crab cakes until golden brown, about 6 minutes per side. Serve.


Cap'n Crunch French Toast

Serves 4 to 5

Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Blue Moon Café

I know it's tough, but try not to eat all the cereal beforehand.

Ingredients:

¾ cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal
8 to 10 slices bread, such as Texas toast or French bread
Butter for cooking

Topping

1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups assorted fresh seasonal berries

Instructions:

1. Mix the cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl and whisk until combined.

2. Put the cereal in a storage bag and use a rolling pin to crush cereal until it resembles cracker meal. Transfer the cereal to a shallow dish.

3. Dip a couple slices of the bread into the cream mixture until soft but not completely soaked. Let excess liquid drip from the bread, then press into the cereal crumbs to coat evenly. Place on a sheet pan and repeat with the remaining slices.

4. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, add butter as needed, and cook the bread until caramelized on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes total.

5. For the whipped cream topping: Beat the cream, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a hand mixer to soft peaks. Dollop on top of the French toast and serve with the berries.

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
An All-American Road Trip . . . with Recipes!
. Copyright © by Guy Fieri. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted January 19, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Passion For Good Food

    I love the show on Food Network and now have the book! Guy Fieri's passion for good food, leads him many times off the beaten path to find the best home-cooking. A wonderful collection of culinary delight!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Road Trip with Guy

    I bought this book as a gift, but had to check it out for myself first. There are tons of wonderful recipes based on the recipes made on the show. It includes the recipe, the location of the restaurant that created the recipe, along with some wimsical stories and interesting information.
    My dad (the receiver of the gift) likes the recipes, but is planning on using the book as a guide for a road trip he wants to take around the U.S. He is going to stop at many of the locations and try the dishes out for himself! Very fun book and worth the price.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    IF YOU LIKE GUY AND THIS SHOW, YOU WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK.THIS BOOK GIVE'S YOU RECIPE'S AND LOCATION OF ALL THIS SPOTS FROM THE SHOW.A MUST FOR ANYONE THAT LOVES GUY!!!!

    GUY TAKES YOU TO ALL LOCATIONS,FAMILY RECIPES AND HOW TO GET THERE IN HIS BOOK.
    IF YOU LOVE THE SHOW YOU WOULD LOVE HIS BOOK!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2008

    DISAPPOINTED

    I am very disappointed in this book. I waited a while for it. There is only 1 recipe in it that interests me. Don't get me wrong, love the show and love Guy. I just don't love this book. It's being returned.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2009

    Great as gift for Guy Fieri fans

    Love to watch Guy Fieri's show so when I saw his book I had to buy it. Book is filled with great recipes from his many visits to the local restaurants that prepare the best of the best. I would have liked to see some colored illustrations though. Overall I love the book and intend to buy his next book as soon as it is available. I also plan to buy another copy for my sister as an X-Mas gift, I know she'll love it too, she's also a fan.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Very good

    I went to Joe's Farm Grill, Guy is right on the mark. Food is excellent.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    DISAPPOINTING

    I love diners and drive-ins, but most of these places are not going to be a place I would frequent. Nothing looked or sounded palatable. Places were probably chosen for Fieri's palate. His books are a total disappointment. My style is probably something out of the vintage "Ford Times."

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    yummy

    love the book, love the show; recommendations are right on;

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Disapointed

    Not as detailed as I thought it would be. I had hoped to buy every book on Triple D's as they came out. Now I will not

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Not as good as I expected

    I gave this as a gift to my husband who is a great dive and diner fan. I did not think it was nearly as good as it could be, nor as good as what I expected from Guy Fieri.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Was hoping for more recipes, less 'chat'

    I was a little disappointed in this book. It had me so pumped when I saw it on Food TV. I was wanting more recipes, less 'chat'. It's got great pictures and it's entertaining, but not what I was hoping

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    It's as entertaining as the show

    Guy's book is as entertaining as his show! The book is arranged by state, so that you can look-up the food you like by it's regional specialty. Every recipe and restaurant includes Guy's personal notes and anecdotes about his experience with the place, the food and the people. This book is great for those times when you want to serve-up a truly original and good-tasting dish to your family and friends.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Where's the beef?

    Guy is known for his wild personality and great restaraunt pics. We follow his show and look forward to his eclectic diner pics. None of that came through in his book. We were so disappointed with the lack of content and character. This was given as a requested present and both the giver and receiver were bummed by the book. Hope the next one is better!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

    Fun Follow-up to the show

    We travel alot and bought the book because we like to try the D,D & D and $40 a day resteraunts, this was awesome instead of looking them up on the Food Network site. The recipes are easy to follow and there's alittle from each place he visits, I'm ready for the next season!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is an excellent resource for travelers -- good food and good value

    We will take this book when we travel so that we have an idea of restaurants with comfort food at a good price. We enjoy Guy Fieri's TV show and this book expands on the show.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    dinners drive in and dives

    Great book has alot of good recipies in and some humor to go along with it. If you like the show this is a good book to get.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    triple d is awesome

    i simply love it. guy fieri is funny recipes work and back ground articles are funny

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    I have only one complaint. The author "leads" the reader on by building up a particular recipe. Then, he offers the ingredients of another menu item. Now, I understand that some recipes are "secret." But, don't lead me on about how good it is, and then, unable to provide the recipe, give me another. What a letdown!
    Build the story around the recipe you CAN give us, not on the one you can't.
    Otherwise, good book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    GOTTA HAVE IT IF YOUR A FIERI FOODIE!

    LOVE THE BOOK, LOVE THE "GUY" MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE A FOOD NETWORK FIEND. HAS RECIEPIES AND LOT'S OF INFO ON HIS RESTURANTS. I GAVE IT AS A GIFT TO MY HUSBAND FOR CHRISTMAS. HE LOVES IT. ANY DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES FAN SHOULD BUY THIS.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    I love it..

    I would love to take this book and have it expanded to include more states. Because I live in Colorado, and not one spot was mentioned. I may have over looked it...but anyway..I think it would be great fun to take a road trip using this book and 1000 places to visit before I die.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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