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Whether you're an armchair traveler, a serious hamburger connoisseur, or a curious adventurer up for a road trip, Hamburger America will be your guide to reclaiming this precious slice of Americana. No other food says “America” like the hamburger, and documentary filmmaker George Motz has made it his personal mission to save our nation's unique burger identity. He has traveled across the country in search of the best burger joints - those that have survived outside the fast-food mainstream - and has documented their rich histories and one-of-a-kind taste experiences. This edition of the book includes George Motz's 1 hour documentary “Hamburger America” that profiles 8 burger joints across the USA.

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Clearly, George Motz is a man on a mission. Several years ago, he left his comfortable Brooklyn digs to find the perfect burger. His 2005 film Hamburger America documented his tireless cross-country search for the best cheeseburger-and-bun concoction. Hamburger America the book provides a DVD version of eponymous movie, but it also features a stop-by-stop, state-by-state rundown of the 100 best roadside burger stands in the U.S. of A. We'd say more, but we're kind of choked up.
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In the 2005 documentary of the same name (included with the book), Motz documented eight classic hamburger joints across the country. In the ensuing years he's broadened his horizons but not his tastes; here he presents a hundred hamburger spots in 39 states, each profiled with love and accompanied by mouthwatering full-color portraits. From Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Conn.-allegedly the oldest continuously operating hamburger establishment in the U.S.-to Olympia, Wash.'s Eastside Big Tom, Motz talks with the owners, employees and customers who keep the cuisine alive and eclectic. In addition to the traditional, Motz introduces readers to regional spins like Iowa's Maid Rite sandwich, a kind of sauceless Sloppy Joe; the green chili-topped burgers of Santa Fe's Bobcat Bite; and Sedalia, Missouri's "Guberburger," dressed with melted peanut butter. Motz limits his selections to independently owned operations that use fresh, not frozen, meat, the most shining example of which is Oklahoma's Joe Maranto, who raises longhorn cattle for eating at his nearby restaurant. Those with a soft spot for Americana, diner cuisine or delicious burgers will delight in this bright, quirky love letter to the American everyman staple, complete with contact information and recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762431021
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Motz is a documentary filmmaker and America's foremost hamburger expert. He has taught a course on hamburgers at NYU and has consulted for many hamburger restaurants.  Hamburger America (the film) became required viewing in a food course at Princeton University and was nominated for a James Beard award. George has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show and other national outlets including USA TodaySaveur, and the New York Times for his hamburger expertise. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    This was a good book on an all-American food. I really liked that it told about some hidden gems in places I've lived ot visited. I need to get busy and visit some more of these places. It also gave me some ideas for my next road trip.

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