Feasting on Asphalt: (Hardcover) by Brown, Alton
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Hardcover; Published 3/14/2008; 208 Pages; ISBN 9781584796817
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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.
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.
Bought the books for Father's Day Gifts. One is for my husband, he thinks Alton's show is great. He likes the science part of it and watches all the time. Only show on the food network he will watch. The Feasting on Asphalt series were fun to watch so I know he will love the book and maybe he will even try and cook....
A wonderful companion piece to the FOA dvd's. You can only put so much into an hour-long tv episode and this book fills in all the gaps with interviews, recipes, behind-the-scenes commentary and insight into what it takes to put together an FOA adventure. AB draws you in with an organized, well-written, snappy narrative that keeps you rapidly turning the pages to get the next helping of good eats, whether it's traveling America's byways in search of "road food", the inevitable bad AB pun or the wonderfully obscure Monty Python references (and yes, we get them all). The only question I have is when can I buy FOA #3 and when you shoot it, can I ride along?
I bought this for my husband to go along with the DVD. He is a huge Alton Brown fan, especially of his trips. The book has recipes of food seen on the DVD, the route he took (in case we want to do the same!), and some great pictures! The only thing is I get killed on the shipping, but otherwise, a good purchase! Valerie in Valrico FL
Fun read -- good recipes. What more could you want from a cookbook ? ? ?
After reading this book I would love to visit these restaurants. This is a great book with wonderful experiences and recipes. I can't wait for the next book!! A great addition to any kitchen!
Very enjoyable read!
I really like the hard cover and that it doesn't have a book sleeve.
The show was incredible, and the book only enhances the experience. There are plenty of photos, over 40 recipes for some of the yummiest treats they had, and of course, Alton's witty observations. I would highly recommend this book! Well worth the price for the "Feast-ites" out there!
Loved this book with great recipes and pictures - I felt like I was there for Alton Brown's entire trip! Excellent book!
Having both seasons on DVD, the book is a nice addition.
I watch the food channel a lot and this is one of my favorite shows on the food channel, so I was pleased to get this book. I really like it.
I am happy with this book and feel that it compliments the dvd set nicely.
Cleaverly done. Easy to understand and relate to. Looking foward to another one.
If you liked Feasting on Asphalt, you will enjoy the photos and recipes included in this book. It gives a little more info and a "behind the scenes" look at the many facets of The River Run trip.
The book is pure Alton Brown. If you love Good Eats or Feasting on Asphalt, the book is a great companion. You can actually hear Mr Brown's voice in you head while reading it.
From whatI saw of the book before it got lost, it was fantastic. I bought this for my husband for Father's Day and have no idea where I hid the book!
A nice companion for the DVDs. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I guess I wanted a little more..... more of the motorcycling experience? the travel? Still a zippy, easy read.
My Father-in-law loves this book! When he opened it he smiled and started flipping through it saying, "We watched him go there and here and there!"
This item was a gift for my son, who watches Alton Brown on the Food Network. I don't watch the food network and had no idea who he was. I did read the first 18 pages of the book and found it interesting. Would have read more but didn't have the time. My son loves to cook and said he was very happy with the gift.
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