Friday, November 01, 2013

Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are, by Ed Levine

Have you ever consider a vacation based solely on where you can eat? Do you daydream about the perfect meal? Maybe you’re a serious eater, someone who rejoices in the delicious and enjoys good grub. Don’t worry, you are not alone. is a website devoted to you. Not merely chefs and food bloggers, but home cooks looking for the elusive perfect ramen recipe, or the father who simply loves and longs for that perfect barbeque. Started in 2006 by Ed Levine, Serious Eats delights in food, talking about how to create, and where to find the best examples of it. Five years later, Levine and his website editors have created an amazingly informative book entitled Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are.

 In the creation of this book, Serious Eats editors drove through 41 states, talked to friends, family, writers of all kinds, and their blog community members. Or in other words, “basically ate our way across the states.” After the introduction, each chapter focuses on a certain topic, be it burgers, barbecue, or pizza. Within that topic, Serious Eats lists places across the US that deliver a supreme example of that chapter. Some examples come from upscale expensive restaurants, but others are served from a truck.

 Every entry is a dazzling description of its intended target, whether rhapsodizing about the glories of “vinegar-laced pork”, or remarking on the crispy, mouthwatering virtues of homemade pizza dough. You can taste the enjoyment these writers get from food, pun intended. But this is more than a delicious junk food book, as evidenced by the last chapter: “homegrown and homemade”. Serious Eats celebrates the people who make food possible, such as farmers, butchers, and bakers. They list the best spots to shop for slow food, and the best places to eat farm-to-table grub, with accompanying recipes.

 Is your appetite whetted for a delicious road trip? You might want log into Overdrive to download a copy of Roadfood: the coast-to-coast guide to 700 of the best barbecue joints, lobster shacks, ice cream parlors, highway diners, and much, much more, by Jane Stern. If Stern’s journey doesn’t rouse your culinary interest, pick a more familiar name, like famous Food Network alumni Guy Fieri who has made his journey into a tv show and accompanying book Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: an all-American road trip—with reicpes! With all this information at your fingertips, there’s only one true question: what are you hungry for?

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