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4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey through 30 years of 'Road food', 10 July 2008
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This review is from: Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food (Paperback)
`Two for the Road' is an interesting book because it not only condenses the experiences they have had on the road, but also provides the reader with a huge amount of information about the history and customs of small-town America. I really enjoyed reading about `Homemaker radio'; the huge variety and originality of the menus they have encountered as well as a great cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to feeding others. The book also contains recipes, most of which would be accessible to English readers.

The book has a number of amusing anecdotes too. Find out about Jane's `lucky Amish pants'; about the time they ate at a restaurant which propped the door open with a raw chicken; how they came to be the only Jews on the Ku Klux Klan's Christmas card list; and how they feel that `there is a direct correlation between the excellence of the food and the number of pictures of Jesus on the walls,' (positive correlation, in case you were wondering!)

The only slightly annoying thing about this book involved the mixture of first and third person narration. I'll give you an example:
`Connecticut is one of the great hot dog capitals of America and please remember that Michael is from Chicago and Jane is from New York City, so we really do know a thing or two about hot dogs.'
Luckily, this appalling and jarring grammar doesn't come up too often but when it does it drives you crazy!

In short then' something for everyone; recipes; cultural history; humour; and addresses in the back of the book for those lucky enough to do a road trip of their own!
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Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food by Michael Stern (Paperback - 9 May 2007)
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