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Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekend Cooking - Serious Eats

Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are by Ed Levine and the Editors of Serious Eats
Published by Clarkson Potter ISBN 978-0307720870
Trade Paperback $27.99

Seriouseats.com is a popular website that labels itself "A Food Blog and Community." You can find out where to get the best burger, the best sandwich, the best anything in most major cities.

Now they have published a book, Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are, and it is a fascinating book, especially if you are the kind of person who likes lists. (Me! Me!)

Some of the chapters include:

  • Fried Chicken: 12 of Our Favorite Spots
  • 5 Gelato Spots We Love
  • 11 Pies We Love From Coast to Coast
  • 10 Favorite Farmers Markets
I love that they include street food, which is so hot right now. They have
  • 5 Taco Trucks We Love
  • 20 Favorite Street-Food Stops
Within each chapter, they share the best places across the country to get the specified food, but they also include recipes from each category for those who prefer to cook and don't travel much. 

But if you do travel, this book is invaluable. I have been to many of the cities they visited, and have tried some of the food they recommend, but I wish I had it before I traveled. From now on, this book will be the first place I turn to when I visit other cities.

The end of the book has some unique stuff in it, including a chapter titled "College Town Eats". They share their daily agenda, which is so interesting. For example, they took a day trip to New Orleans, where they left New York at 4:45am, and returned at 9:30pm, making 12 stops at restaurants in between; that is just crazy! In Chicago they made 12 food stops between 10am and 6pm.

The section on New York City, where I live, gave me an entire list of places to try, including City Bakery for a pretzel croissant and a breakfast pastry at Locenda Verde. I sometimes get red velvet cupcakes at Two Little Red Hens, but now I must try their cheesecake. 

The directory at the end of the end of the book lists the states and each place mentioned in the book, along with their web addresses.

This book is so much fun, it's the perfect gift for your favorite foodie, and if you live in one of the many cities they have covered, it is essential.

rating 5 of 5 stars

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  1. This sounds fantastic! What a great resource. It's the kind of book I'd love to pop in the car when on a driving trip. I'm going to have to track down a copy.

  2. This DOES sound great! I have to find a copy. I also need to check out that website. Thanks for telling us about this :)

  3. I have the book, I enjoy their blog, too! Enjoyed your review and I completely agree, it really would be a nice gift.

  4. Oh, too bad that the travel aspect won't do me much good, but it sounds like an awesome resource. Love the idea.

  5. This sounds like my kind of book...I will have to check it out along with the website.

  6. Awesome - this sounds like a book that I NEED! I don't think I've ever been to their site...off to check it out, thanks :D

  7. I really love that this comes from a food blog - how fun! Yummy sounding foods too!

  8. I would love this book. I am so happy Mothers Day is right around the corner (hint to hubby).

  9. This sounds like a fantastic resource, especially if you can use it to find new experiences in your own home town

  10. Not cooking for kids, the Mom cookbooks you reviewed this week didn't really catch my attention. But this one sounds great! I love the combination of travel food guide and cookbook.