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Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A., Revised Edition

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A book by Jane Stern

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Author: Jane Stern
Genre: Travel
Publisher: Broadway
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Excellent compilation

  • Sep 3, 2000
P>Mark Twain once wrote that "a man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away and eventually die."

Jan and Michael Stern's latest guide, "Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A." would certainly take issue with Mr. Twain, depending upon the part of the country they were in. The Sterns have regularly rambled across this country and have written numerous books on cooking and pop culture, and their latest book recommends 500 places to eat in the Lower 48, from Beal's Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor, Maine, to Andrea's Old Town Cafe, in Bandon, Oregon.

"Eat Your Way" is more inclusive than "Roadfood" and "Goodfood," the Stern's previous guidebooks. They recommend high-end fare such as Fiore's in Las Vegas -- "a swank bistro with a truly interesting menu and elegance more convincing than the Disney World standards that prevail elsewhere" -- and acidly note places to visit if you happen to be out that way sometime: The 50's Cafe in North Dakota was introduced with "unable to find a truly compelling meal in Fargo . . . "

South Carolina cuisine rates high with the Sterns, with no less than a dozen recommendations (twice as many as found in North Carolina). Five are found in Charleston, and the rest spread among Spartanburg, Holly Hill, Walterboro, Edisto, Jacksonboro, Summerton, Mount Pleasant and Columbia

What's most impressive about "Eat Your Way" is the number of compelling places offering tasty regional fare. There's thin-fried catfish and gumbo at Middendorf's in Pass Manchac, Louisiana. Sparks offers steaks and New York City atmosphere so thick that "we have stormed out wishing we were eating steak in Omaha or Oklahoma City. It all depends on who you sit near and your ability to tolerate the impertinence of New York's big spenders."

"Eat Your Way" does more than any cookbook to showcase the variety and quality of American cooking, and the Sterns' winning way with words in describing the succulent meals awaiting the traveler can spark a spontaneous road trip of your own.

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