If you’re a fan of Adam Richman from the Travel Channel’s “Man vs Food,” you may be expecting this book to be a bit of a companion piece to the hit show, full of stories about how Richman overcame various food challenges across the United States.
If so, “America the Edible” will probably disappoint you, as it did me at first.
If you take the time to read the introduction Richman includes in the book and realize what he’s trying to do with the book–look inside the distinctive food of ten cities across the United States, you’ll probably like what he has to offer here. In the introduction, Richman talks about keeping a food journal during his journey across our country. And in many ways, this book is a more structured journal, detailing some of his edible delights and the history behind them. Like “Man vs Food,” the books shares the sensibility that food is about more than just eating–it’s about the company, the experience and much more. Richman’s book details various meals, delights and treats he’s experienced as well as giving a bit of history of each city’s regional food.
In the end, you’ll feel like you’ve been on a food journey with a good friend. And that makes the book worth the ride.