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Who Put the Devil in Deviled Eggs?: A Food Lover's Guide to America's Favorite Dishes

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Who pitted the first cherries and nestled them into pie crust? Was a meatloaf sandwich the result of a late-night refrigerator run? And does anyone really crave green bean casserole, complete with fried onions on top? In this time of hyper-awareness of locality—when every roast chicken needs a pedigree of a free-range home and antibiotic-free past—it’s time to celebrate th ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 13th 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published July 1st 2011)
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This is a small book, size, contents, & print. The photographs are not appetizing, as they have that ubiquitous yellow tint so common to cookbooks. There are rather interesting "The devil's in details" frames. Some of the recipes are easy to follow others are not.

Stories & recipes include: Macaroni & cheese; Jello; Baked Alaska; Lobster rolls; Iced tea; Corn dog, Clams casino; French fries, Caesar salad, Rueben sandwich, Pancakes, Cotton candy, Pizza, Bubble gum, Key lime pie, Twinki
Poorly researched and with absolutely no sources listed, I wanted this to be a charming book about food history and was disappointed. Several stories contradicted information I know to be true from better sourced materials than this. From a design aspect, cute book, but the contents are a flop.
Light in every sense of the word book full of trivia about comfort food. Want to know about Twinkies? The story of bubble gum? Jell-O? And so on? You'll find the origin stories here, in tiny little chapters featuring "fun facts" about the food (debatable), vintage recipes, and likely stock photographs of the food items in question. Some commentators suggest the book was sourced off of wikipedia, and that's easy to believe; not a lot of care was put into this slim little volume judging from the n ...more
A variety of iconic American foods are covered in brief chapters, with their history described, a mouthwatering picture in most cases included, and a recipe from the early days of the food's development, again in most cases, included. There are also what the author calls "The devil's in the details," which you might call fun facts, about the various foods. It's an interesting way to spend an evening, but the number of typos in the book bothered me, as did the lack of sourcing.
Actually, have not read this book. But Susan makes a good point about the sourcing. I know why it's not sourced anywhere. It's because the author got the information from wikipedia. That's right. Wikipedia. A friend of mine changed the history of an item on wikipedia to include his name and his name is now sourced in this book. Author did not do a good job of checking sources.
very entertaining little book with stories of how different foods started and recipes to of the best things are the little "Devil in the Details" that are little tidbits of knowledge of how things got their names, etc.
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