Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Cooking - 292 pages
Part memoir, part guidebook, part cookbook, and all parts hilarious, Two for the Road shares the lessons the Sterns have learned during thirty years of sampling regional fare on America’s back roads. If you want a great restaurant, forget the Yellow Pages, ask the local cop--and avoid anything that calls itself "world famous.” Sure bets are places with a giant plastic pig on the roof or pictures of Jesus on the walls. As the Sterns search for the Holy Grail of barbecue, they relate achingly funny adventures and misadventures, and what emerges is a big picture of America, revealing exotic eating customs that flourish right under our noses.
 

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Jane & Michael Stern met in grad school at Yale, where they both studied art. Newly graduated, the found that life hit them hard – parents died, a relative was institutionalized – and they just wanted ... Read full review

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Two for the Road recounts the highs and lows of Jane and Michael Stern's decades-long meanderings in search of the best road food in America. Their beat ranges from small-town diners and cafes to BBQ ... Read full review

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Contents

Two for the Road
1
What Would Jesus Eat?
16
Twelve Meals a Day
36
The Perfect Roadfood Find
50
Four for the Road
64
I Hear America Eating
75
The Maryland Paradox
90
Neighboring in Iowa
101
Reading Menus
170
Surviving the Night
184
Where Appetites Know No Bounds
196
The Cow on the Roof and the Living Pig
206
State of Insanity
219
A Place Where Nobody Knows Our Name
232
In the Bondage of a Chef
244
Featured Restaurants by State
263

Into the West
114
Bringing It All Back Home
133
The Invisible Northeast
144
The Inedible Complex
157

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JANE and MICHAEL STERN are the authors of the best-selling Roadfood and the acclaimed memoir Two for the Road. They are contributing editors to Gourmet , where they write the James Beard Award - winning column Roadfood," and they appear weekly on NPR's The Splendid Table. Winners of a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, the Sterns have also been inducted into the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America.

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