Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2007 - Cooking - 292 pages
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Road trip! In this rollicking memoir, Jane and Michael Stern tell what it's like to eat everywhere across the U.S.A. Driving more than three million miles, eating twelve meals a day, they discover not only the pleasure of biscuits and gravy and cherry pie r la mode, but a world of cooks, customers, and fellow roadfood devotees for whom good food is one of life's essentials.

Hop into the car for hilarious adventures and misadventures as the Sterns search for the definitive barbecue, sandwiches, Indian fry bread, sweet potato pie, and other treasures along America's highways and byways. Eat in a midnight restaurant where a "murderburger" is the specialty, dine in a place whose proprietor is devoted to the memory of Richard Nixon, devour ribs alongside a cook's pet pig, and feast at one of the last of the old-time boarding houses. You'll meet such personalities as America's greatest bull rider (who won't eat clams but downs deep-fried lamb testicles), a waitress who gets her dining tips straight from Jesus, and a pre-reality-show radio homemaker who broadcasts straight from her kitchen.

Join the Sterns at the start of their journey when, fresh out of grad school and with little more than hunger as their guide, they hit the road in search of something to eat. Discover with them a strategy to maximize cafeteria tray capacity (desserts first) and to sniff out a great breakfast in an unfamiliar town. Best of all, savor the delicious potluck banquet of beloved regional fare, unusual eateries, and the unforgettable characters who make up American food.

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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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Two for the Road
What Would Jesus Eat?
Twelve Meals a Day
The Perfect Roadfood Find
Four for the Road
I Hear America Eating
The Maryland Paradox
Neighboring in Iowa
Reading Menus
Surviving the Night
Where Appetites Know No Bounds
The Cow on the Roof and the Living Pig
State of Insanity
A Place Where Nobody Knows Our Name
In the Bondage of a Chef
Featured Restaurants by State

Into the West
Bringing It All Back Home
The Invisible Northeast
The Inedible Complex

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About the author (2007)

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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