When the opportunity came up for me to review this book, I knew it was a must read. I mean, first of all, who does not love food? Secondly, who wouldn’t want to read a book about food by a comedian? I knew the answer to both of those and thus I decided to give it a whirl. If you are expecting any sort of educational value from this book, you will be left disappointed. If you are looking for a humorous look at food across America, you are in luck. Gaffigan does an incredible job of talking about food from across the entire United States. He talks about hot dogs and bologna and oysters and pokes fun at tofu.
The book is full of snide remarks about some things people like to call food and things we eat that are not fully understood. I would say that there was a rhyme or reason behind Gaffigan’s tour, but I do not think there is one. It is just plain to see that the man loves food. It does get a little sporadic in the middle and the closest thing I can vaguely draw as a map is he starts on the East Coast and goes left. That is not entirely true though as he talks about getting a Pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli in New York right near the Reuben in Omaha. For that reason, it is hard to get everything pinned down on a map.
Even with the faults and the occasional cursing you get from the comedian, it is a great book. It may not be the most in depth book on food in the United States, but if you are looking for a white elephant Christmas gift or a book to put out in your living room to make people ask questions about, this is it. It is an easy read that does not take long to get through. I would give this book four out of five stars.
As a disclaimer, I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.