Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

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He’s on the road again. This time, Alton Brown and his motorcycle-mounted crew are off on a thousand-mile, south-to-north journey that follows America’s first “superhighway”—the Mississippi. Starting at the great river’s delta on the Gulf of Mexico and ending up near its headwaters in Minnesota, Alton and buddies travel the heartland’s byways to scout out the very best of roadside food—and to get to know the people who spend their lives preparing and serving it.

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Overview


He’s on the road again. This time, Alton Brown and his motorcycle-mounted crew are off on a thousand-mile, south-to-north journey that follows America’s first “superhighway”—the Mississippi. Starting at the great river’s delta on the Gulf of Mexico and ending up near its headwaters in Minnesota, Alton and buddies travel the heartland’s byways to scout out the very best of roadside food—and to get to know the people who spend their lives preparing and serving it.

A companion to the six-part Food Network series airing in fall 2007, Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run is a travel diary, photo journal, and, of course, cookbook. Alton’s itinerary includes big-city eateries and small-town chat ’n’ chews, as well as markets, inns, ice cream parlors, museums, barbecue joints—and even an alligator farm.

Louisiana-style Grilled Alligator Tail (served simply, with lemon and butter) is one of the book’s forty original road-food recipes. Others include Pecan-Coconut Pie from an Arkansan roadside restaurant; BBQ Pork Ribs in Mississippi that Brown eats over pancakes; Vegetable Borscht from St. Paul’s Russian Tea House; and Fried Catfish from a riverside burg in Illinois. When it comes to America’s foodways and folkways, there’s no better tour guide than Alton Brown.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584796817
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 790,688
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alton Brown

Alton Brown is the writer, director, and host of the Food Network show Good Eats, which won a 2007 Peabody Award, and is the resident food historian, scientist, and color commentator of the network’s Iron Chef America series. In 2004, his book I’m Just Here For the Food won the James Beard Award for Best Cookbook in the Reference category. A regular contributor to Bon Appétit and Men’s Journal magazines, Brown lives in the southern United States with his wife and daughter.

Jean-Claude Dhien was trained as a chef in Europe and now works as a photographer. He accompanied Alton Brown on his first Feasting on Asphalt series in 2006.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Food as a Journey

    Alton Brown, of deserved Food Network fame due to his uber-successful series, "Good Eats," has now completed two road-trip miniseries. This cookbook/travelogue is a documentation of the second of these. Brown's irreverent homage to regional favorites and local flavor along the Mississippi River strikes the right balance between standard recipes and exotic entertainment, much like the food he catalogues in this missive. There's much to like here, from the food (which, incidentally is every bit as tasty as it is authentic, recipe-wise) to the tales of the open road (in which Brown reveals himself to be a nonfiction writer of the highest caliber). Along the way, AJB serves up the usual heart-of-a-teacher foodie facts that his fans have come to know and love from "Good Eats." Terrific stuff, and it makes as good a nonfiction story as it does a cookbook, by the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2008

    Excellent Book

    Any fan of the show should love this book. Several recipes, many photos, and stories. Recipes include savory and sweet. A good book to have around and give as a gift.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    love alton

    this book is so much fun! I loved following the journey. if you like Alton Brown, this is a good book for you.

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