Authors: Jane & Michael Stern
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
“The purpose of this book is to help you appreciate the glory that is American food,” Jane and Michael Stern write in the introduction of their book, Roadfood: An Eater’s Guide to More than 1000 of the Best Local Hot Spots & Hidden Gems Across America.
~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-sixty-four-page paperback on its tenth edition targets those who enjoy taking road trips and stopping to eat along the way. With no photographs but maps of eight sections of the United States, the book contains over one-thousand restaurants and eateries to visit.
After an introduction, list of one-hundred Roadfood honor roll locales, and notes using the book, it is divided into areas of New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Deep South, Midwest, Southwest, Great Plains, and West Coast.
Covering each section of the United States beginning with maps, the name of the restaurant is listed as well as its address, website if available, phone number, meal times, and coded cost. Approximately two paragraphs for each mention the locale’s food, any specialty, ambiance, and highlights of visiting.
When on the road traveling, it is smart to know something about a restaurant before you go to it. With the book containing over a thousand destinations, it offers those who visit large iconic cities and the East or West Coasts many options. I like that it provides websites when possible and pricing.
~ Why Not ~
The main issue I had with this book is that it lacks so many areas that travelers tend to visit as they cross the country. We live in Oregon and four Portland places were listed with ten coast restaurants (one of the in the top one-hundred). There were no locations from Salem, Eugene, Medford, or Ashland, all towns that are near the 5 freeway that is often traveled. I found this lack of eateries on the main routes in other states as well. Also, the descriptions did not grab my interest to make me want to stop and have road food since there are no photos. I might find more pertinent information googling the area on my smartphone.
~ Wish ~
I wish there were not a limited amount of listings in many of the states that must be traveled through to get to another state; instead there are random areas that are far between. Having photographs and a possible menu shot of main dishes would be helpful.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that mainly catalogs a selected few restaurants in every state of America, this one may help. But you may find that, like me, you are disappointed it misses the mark by skipping those on many well-traveled roads.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.