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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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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Very easy to read and really interesting. - Goodreads
At times the writing style seemed a bit confusing. - Goodreads
Several of the interspersed recipes sound worth trying. - Goodreads
Also, eating 12 meals a day is just disgusting. - Goodreads
Jane and Michael Stern eat twelve meals a day. - Goodreads
For the recipes contained within, I'd give 4 stars. - Goodreads

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Brief descriptions and recipes from small eateries across the country Read full review

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User Review  - Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance - Goodreads

Great road trip, with lots of great company and great food. 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.

MICHAEL and JANE STERN are contributing editors to Gourmet,where they write the James Beard Awardndash;winning monthly column"Roadfood." They also do a weekly "Two for the Road" segment for TheSplendid Table on public radio. Their Web site,, wasnamed the best Internet food site by PC Magazine, Forbes, and 1992 they received a James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award andwere inducted into the Who"s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

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