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America the Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea to Dining Sea

America the Edible A Hungry History From Sea to Dining Sea The host of Travel Channel s most popular show explains how iconic American foods have captured our culinary imaginations you won t look at a bagel the same way again In America the Edible Travel Cha

  • Title: America the Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea to Dining Sea
  • Author: Adam Richman
  • ISBN: 9781605293028
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The host of Travel Channel s most popular show explains how iconic American foods have captured our culinary imaginations you won t look at a bagel the same way again In America the Edible, Travel Channel host Adam Richman tackles the ins and outs of American cuisine, demonstrating his own unique brand of culinary anthropology Believing that regional cuisine reveals far mThe host of Travel Channel s most popular show explains how iconic American foods have captured our culinary imaginations you won t look at a bagel the same way again In America the Edible, Travel Channel host Adam Richman tackles the ins and outs of American cuisine, demonstrating his own unique brand of culinary anthropology Believing that regional cuisine reveals far than just our taste for chicken fried steak or 3 way chili, Richman explores the ethnic, economic, and cultural factors that shape the way we eat and how food, in turn, reflects who we are as a nation Richman uses his signature wit and casual charm to take youon a tour around the country,explaining such curiosities as why bagels are shaped like circles, why fried chicken is so popular in the South, and how some of the most iconic American food hot dogs, fries, and soda are not really American at all Writing with passion, curiosity, and a desire to share his knowledge, he includes recipes, secret addresses for fun and tasty finds, and tips on how to eat like a local from coast to coast.Part travelogue, part fun fact book, part serious culinary journalism, Richman s America the Edible illuminates the food map in a way nobody has before.

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    1. One of my absolute favorite authors is Anthony Bourdain. The guy is a genius with the written word. He's sometimes crass, often funny, and molds words with the ease of a poet. And he talks about food. It's a win-win.So, when I saw Adam Richman (from Man v. Food fame) had a book out, I was eager to read it. On the show he seems charismatic, funny, and there's no doubting his excitement about food. The book must be great, right? Not quite ready to pay the $25.99 sticker price for the hardcover, I [...]

    2. If you're a fan of Adam Richman from the Travel Channel's "Man vs Food," you may be expecting this book to be a bit of a companion piece to the hit show, full of stories about how Richman overcame various food challenges across the United States.If so, "America the Edible" will probably disappoint you, as it did me at first.If you take the time to read the introduction Richman includes in the book and realize what he's trying to do with the book--look inside the distinctive food of ten cities ac [...]

    3. I like the show Man Vs. Food, and I like Adam Richman on it, but I didn't particularly care for this book. There are two main problems: first of all, the prose is just too much. Richman's writing style is a strange mix of too conversational (there are only so many times you can write the word "awesome," and it's fewer times than you can get away with saying it) and overwrought. It gets pretty purple in places. The second problem is the sex, by which I mean that there are too many "I ate some foo [...]

    4. I got this one from the library because I like watching Man vs. Food, and I kind of expected it to be more of the same. But it was more of a journal of Adam's experiences in several American cities, consisting mostly of eating and heartbreak. Seriously, I learned a lot about Adam Richman's love life reading this book. Ultimately, it was a nice, light bedtime read - Adam has a very friendly, accessible voice as a writer, and, of course, he's great at describing and recommending good eating experi [...]

    5. No one was ever going to mistake Man V. Food for fine art. Apart from the ridiculous food challenges, like a pizza the size of a bus tire, the core of the show was a Brooklyn actor traveling the country seeking out the best in dude food. And one thing that rarely saw the light of day during the show was host Adam Richman's own relationship to food. It was, for the most part, some guy traveling the country eating hearty of the Travel Channel's dime. His enthusiasm for his subject made the show mu [...]

    6. I'm a bit torn about my starring of this book. From a culinary anthropology perspective it is rather interesting - I really enjoyed the background and history that Richman provided for each of the 10 metropolitan areas that he visited. I felt like sometimes the food descriptions got to be a little too much, though as the reader I now want to visit those places to experience it myself - but it was hard to get too excited simply reading the words on paper. But the things that really annoyed me tha [...]

    7. Adam Richman is a likeable guy, particularly as a TV host. He is not the most advanced writer.That being said, I loved reading about his food adventures. I now have many new places to add to my "to try" list when in the cities he wrote about. He visits a mixture of tried and true tourist destinations and hole in the wall hidden gems.What I didn't like were the anecdotes, particularly those dealing with his travel partners - who were almost always women he was dating. I don't really care whether [...]

    8. Honestly? I really wanted to love this book. I like Adam Richman as a tv host and I love his Travel Channel show Man v. Food, but sometimes a wonderful tv personality does not translate well into best-selling author/book. While Richman comes across as down-to-earth, funny, and likable on tv, the tone of his book made me feel like maybe he's just trying too hard.For someone as well travelled, well educated, and widely experienced in the food industry as Richman, I expected to learn about more res [...]

    9. I love books where people travel around and eat food. This one was a bit aimless like oh I am in this place where they have good food and I am eating it! But why ? And when? And what made you go there then? Also all the food he would eat in one day or sitting oss. he had to explain what dive was and how lots of times they are goodn we get ityou said that last chapter .d I felt like he was telling us about all the ladies just so we could know he gets the ladiesLike I care

    10. I adore Adam Richman and find him a very likable guy. If anyone has seen his show "Man v. Food," expect his writing style to be very simila.I adore Adam Richman and find him a very likable guy. If anyone has seen his show "Man v. Food," expect his writing style to be very similar, except this time there is no "BLEEP."I felt like it was more of a friend telling me stories than reading a book. Except that when it comes to his personal life, said friend leaves me hanging quite a few times. I did lo [...]

    11. I love Man vs Food but Adam's book isn't quite as good as the show. There are some nice parts to the book. I love the premise of travelling around eating great food and all the memories it can bring back. Some of the descriptions of what he ate are superb and they make me want to jump on a plane and drive around America recreating his steps.However, there were some annoying parts. Sometimes the descriptions go too far and it feels like he is trying too hard to make me see, taste and smell the di [...]

    12. Before I go on reviewing this book, I just want to fully disclose something. And that something is I am in love with Adam Richman. I have been for quite some time now. His love of food, his pop culture quips, I love it all. I think he is one of the sexiest men, and I have no shame in admitting that. Sadly, my attraction to him DID NOT influcence me to love this book as much as I wanted to. There were some excellent parts and he has a way with words, that's for sure, but I just couldn't get into [...]

    13. i am a huge fan of adam richman, and his show, man vs food. my favorite parts of the series are not the competitive eating challanges, (which are great) but mr richmans exstensive knowlidge of culinary history and americana. when i saw that he was writing a whole book deticated to this as well as gustatory anecdotes, i was absolutely ecstatic. unfortunatly, adams creative ability ends at the tv camera. while many parts of the book were enjoyable, his food descriptions were luducrous. he used the [...]

    14. I am absolutely in love with Man v Food! It's a lighthearted show that can cheer me up no matter what, so when I heard that the host Adam Richman had a book I was super stoked to read it! America the Edible is quintessentially a food journal. It takes the form of a city by city guide of the best places to eat in some of America's best foodie cities such as Portland, San Francisco and New York City. Richman talks us through some of the great eateries and their even greater eats with such enthusia [...]

    15. There really is more than meets the eye (or stomach) with Adam Richman, I love his show "Man Vs Food", but after reading his book, I discovered that he is a talented and clever man with a sensitive soul and of course a love of food. He has immense knowledge of the history of America and the origin of American food and culture, which is highly impressive.The book goes full circle, starting with Adam in LA as a struggling actor looking for work and then ending back in LA as a successful TV host, w [...]

    16. This isn't a companion piece to "Man Vs Food". Each chapter is the story of a chapter of Adam Richman's life, a description of the city in which it was set, what he did while he was there, and (of course) what he ate. But my God, every story is about him either breaking up with, or charming the pants off, some girl. Sometimes, both happen to the same woman in the same chapter (and a lot of banana pudding is consumed when *that* happens). But the overall effect is of being on a journey with a fri [...]

    17. This one came oh so close to making a five star review. Perhaps Adam's love life may have put a bit of a crimp in my review. That and the fact that only nine cities were included in this book. Let me say that I really wanted more from Adam after reading this. I always liked the lovable goofball he projects on the Food Network show Man vs. Food, and that persona is projected here as well. However the thing that really struck me was how intelligently and descriptive he can be in his writings on fo [...]

    18. If you've never seen the show "Man vs. Food" then don't read this book. You have to know Adam Richman to love him. There is something a little off about him, but he grows on you. Also, if you aren't the kind of person who is adventurous and will stop just about anywhere to grab a bite to eat, then put this book down and find an Applebee's or Olive Garden for dinner. When it is time the travel the first thing I do is search Man vs. Food and Diners Drive Ins and Dives. The eating stops along the w [...]

    19. One of the things that I particularly don't like to do when I'm writing is anything that requires that I review a restaurant or book created by someone I know, especially someone whom I like. Thankfully, in the case of Adam Richman's slightly rambling epic as he crisscrosses the country, dining out on local specialties, this is a rolicking fun read. While I mostly know him from his show of excess, Man vs. Food, and a touch from his other television productions, I've also gotten to spend a day wi [...]

    20. I skimmed and scanned this entertaining read, choosing to read the parts that the most interesting legs of Richman's food journeys to me. Richman is a FANTASTIC writer; he has a way with words that keeps you captivated and salivating, so much so that I read many parts aloud to my 8th grade students as listening minutes, (somewhat edited for content, of course). I had the pleasure of meeting him at a book signing and now have a signed poster in my classroom claiming "Man V. Food Loves Reading" - [...]

    21. The pros -- great food and travel writing with a charming companion. Fans of "Man versus Food" will enjoy this one, and will no doubt add Adam's recommendations to their must-visit travel lists.The cons -- each city/travelogue has a female conquest, which gets old after a few chapters. Women and food are often described the same way. From one angle, this could be complimentary -- sensual, passionate, something to be savored. From another, it can be problematic -- with women perceived as utterly [...]

    22. Couldn't finish this book. Not interested in Adam's sex life. Don't care how many drinks he has consumed. And especially don't want to hear about who is or is not a douche.Had to find out how old this guy is and found out he is nearly as old as I am (56) and was surprisedThis book is written for college students and those whose minds never left college.I love Adam and his TV shows and was sorely disappointed when his show was cancelled before it got a chance, but this book is a window into the r [...]

    23. This book was an interesting combination of concepts. Part history book, part restaurant recommendation, and part trials and tribulations of Adam's love life. I kind of felt like it would be something Tucker Max would write if he was a total foodie. (And if he were a little less profane and inclined to spend large quantities of time drunk.) I learned a lot, but the writing style seemed to be a mashup. The history lessons were almost formal, whereas the rest of it was very casual, like a friend j [...]

    24. Not what I was expecting based on the description of the book. I thought it would be more fact based, with an anthropological/historical perspective on the foods of different cities. There is some of that, but a lot of the book is about different places he has eaten and what he thinks about specific dishes he tries there. In retrospect, I guess that makes sense since I learned in the book's introduction that it is apparently based off of a food journal that he keeps. But I think his food journal [...]

    25. It's obvious to me that Adam Richman writes the way he would talk to a buddy. That may be a problem for some readers, but I actually like it. I can hear his voice, and, for me, that's a really good thing. I cannot speak to the accuracy of most of what he has written, as I haven't been to most of the places he has. After reading this book, however, I have an extreme urge to go visit Cleveland and I really, really wish I liked lobster. Although, after all those lobster rolls in one day, I'm surpri [...]

    26. Before I read this I thought I really liked Adam Richman, fancied him even, just from watch Man vs. Food. But this book showed me he is a bit of a dick towards women, describing himself as 'angry' after a woman didn't sleep with him wasn't endearing in the least.However his description of the food he ate is very evocative and I felt hungry the entire time, even though as an English reader (rather than American) I had no idea what some of the foods were

    27. Adam Richman, not only is he funny on the show Man v. Food but shows his wittiness in America The Edible. Through out the book he takes you on the journey of his struggles between becoming a big time Hollywood actor to comforting and finding his true passion within the food across America. And because food is something that comforts us all and were all faced with a struggle in our lives he's easily relatable to.

    28. Not sure yet about this book; the intro alone was full of overly large words when a small one could have sufficed. Don't get me wrong, I love using large obnoxious words too, but when I have to go running for a dictionary to figure out what the hell an author is saying, it turns me off. I really hope it gets better.

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