Hot Dog: A Global History

Bruce Kraig

Hot Dog: A Global History

Grilled and served in a fresh, soft bun, and adorned with your choice of mustard, ketchup, chili, sauerkraut, coleslaw, pickle relish or fried onion, the hot dog surely must be one of the world's favourite convenience foods. In Hot dog, well-known food historian Bruce Kraig recounts the history of this popular dish, from the origin of the sausage some 20,000 years ago, to the evolution of the modern form of the hot dog, and its central place in American and world culture today. 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Hot Dog: A Global History

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Food & Drink
Format Hardback
Pages 128
RRP £8.99
Date of Publication March 2009
ISBN 978-1861894274
Publisher Reaktion
 

Grilled and served in a fresh, soft bun, and adorned with your choice of mustard, ketchup, chili, sauerkraut, coleslaw, pickle relish or fried onion, the hot dog surely must be one of the world's favourite convenience foods. In Hot dog, well-known food historian Bruce Kraig recounts the history of this popular dish, from the origin of the sausage some 20,000 years ago, to the evolution of the modern form of the hot dog, and its central place in American and world culture today.

Reviews

The Observer

Paul Levy

The latest three titles in this series of miniature, illustrated monographs about food history vary hugely... Bruce Kraig, though, has written an exemplary book in Hot Dog: A Global History, the definitive authority on the small subject of hot dogs. Amusing and scholarly at the same time, it tells how the sausage snack was an instrument of social mobility and that the bun replaced the white gloves originally used to hold the sausage.

07/06/2009

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The Guardian

Steven Poole

...As for how hot dogs got their name, he punctures a few much-loved myths involving canny entrepreneurs and shivering fans at baseball games, and ascribes the origin of the phrase to college students making jokes about dog sausages... Kraig closes his book appetisingly with a selection of recipes. The one for an "Asianised" hot dog, made with teriyaki sauce, is called "Pigs in a Kimono", which sounds so cute I'm not really sure I want to eat it.

16/05/2009

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