'CTB: Eat This' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Burgers

Whenever a guidebook like Ian Jackman's Eat This! comes out, it seems like the natural inclination of anyone who loves food is to jump to the sections that matter most to him or her. It's a quick way to figure out where the writer stands and whether your tastes mesh. If they do, you're more likely to trust him on other items or locations you might not know firsthand. I paged through immediately to Jackman's chapter on burgers, and he namechecks most of the heavyweights in American burgerdom: Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, the Apple Pan in Los Angeles, and the burgers I grew up on in suburban Kansas City—Winstead's. More burger goodness follows, but for now, I'll remind... More

Cook the Book: 'Eat This!' on Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are one of those iconic American foods that almost every region of the country has an interest in. Whether it's Papaya King in New York, Hot Doug's or Wiener's Circle in Chicagoland, Tony Packo's in Toledo, Ohio, Pink's in L.A. or one of any number of regionally famous dogs, almost everyone has something to say about them. Including Ian Jackman in Eat This! After the jump, a few of Jackman's picks. As is always the case with our Cook the Book feature, we've got some of these bad boys to give away. Details here.... More

Cook the Book: 'Eat This!' on Ice Cream and Candy

At a time when a heat wave is sweeping parts of the country, it's only natural that our thoughts would turn to ice cream. And, being the consummate guide to American noshery that it is, Ian Jackman's Eat This! naturally has a chapter on the stuff. Also along for the ride in the ice cream chapter is candy—the two just go so well together, no? After the jump, Jackman's ice cream and candy picks. As is always the case with our Cook the Book feature, we've got some of these bad boys to give away. Details here.... More

Cook the Book: 'Eat This!' on Sandwiches and Pies

The chapter on sandwiches in Ian Jackman's Eat This! 1,001 Things to Try Before You Diet is especially illuminating, with its rundown of spiedies, runzas, Milwaukee sandwiches, and more. I'd heard of some of them, like the spiedie or the runza but others required some explaining. If you're unfamiliar, Jackman writes: The Spiedie: "The sandwich may have begun life in Endicott, New York, when an Italian immigrant named Augustine Iacovelli made a grilled-lamb sandwich with meat he marinated in a vinegar-based sauce. According to this story, the name derives from the Italian word spiedo, which is the name of the spit or skewer the meat is grilled on." The Runza: "You're most likely to find a runza at the restaurant... More

Cook the Book: 'Eat This!'

This week's Cook the Book specimen, Eat This! 1001 Things to Eat Before You Diet is a little different in that it's not a cookbook. Rather, it's a guide to the best food in the U.S. from coast to coast—from burgers to bakeries and chowders to chili. Jackman chooses his top contenders after consulting experts and his own taste buds, and then places those choices within a compellingly mouthwatering narrative complete with lists and small break-outs called "Quick Bites." The book is small enough that I'd imagine you could keep it in your car's glove compartment for handy reference wherever you may find yourself in these United States. As is always the case with our Cook the Book feature, we've... More

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