Archive Review – “America The Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea To Dining Sea” by Adam Richman

First published 30/04/12

America the Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea to Dining Sea

“Man v Food” host Adam Richman is your tour guide on a journey around nine North American cities.

His mission… to reveal the reasons why certain types of food exist in certain areas of the US and show that, sometimes, it’s the people you eat with and not just the food that maketh the meal.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I am a big “Man v Food” fan, so when I found out that Adam Richman’s book was available on Kindle, it was a bit of a no brainer.

Now, before you decide to buy this book I will say this.  If you’re expecting “Man v Food – The Book”, you will more than likely be disappointed.  There are no food challenges which contains speed eating or people rushing in to eat Ghost Chillies.  This is a book where Adam takes you round nine cities to explain the origins of the meals from a particular locality.

Whether it be the weather, the geography, the politics or the social demographic of a population, you get to find out why the city of Cleveland’s sandwich is the “Polish Boy”, why Maine have so many types of “Lobster Roll” and why Austin is the home of the “Tex-Mex”.

But, even that’s only part the story.  Adam admits at the start of the book that it is the people you have your meals with or gain your food related knowledge from that makes your meal experience unique, and his anecdotes support this statement and give a warmth, humanity and yes, even comedic value, to a book that could simply be just another food guide.

In addition to this, Adam shares his knowledge with suggestions in subjects such as  favourite condiments, favourite restaurants, even favourite food related films and songs.  Plus, he even throws in a recipe at the end of every chapter including one from his mother at the end of the chapter relating to food from Brooklyn.

As a bit of a foodie, I loved this book and recommend it to anyone of a similar persuasion.  I do advise, however, that unlike “Man v Food” where there is a “Bleep button”, there is no such device of censorship in this book and there is some language that would be inappropriate to non-Adult readers.

That said, it is a book that definitely has Adam Richman’s personality running through it and if I was ever lucky enough to want a guided tour of US food, I’d want him riding shotgun.  Failing that though, I’ll settle for this well written love letter to North American cuisine.

Rating: 4/5

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