Americans consume 20 billion hotdogs a year.  The key to keeping them “consumed” is to not think about what’s in them, but that’s neither here nor there.

It’s the season, and we’re only a a month an a half away from the ridiculous gorge-fest that is Coney Island on July 4th.

Becky Mercuri has assembled a list of the best hotdogs, some quite artisanal in nature in The Great American Hot Dog Book.  It’s a foodstuff so interwoven into the American tapestry as to be synonymous with baseball and apple pie — and last time I checked people weren’t meandering up and down the bleachers at Modern Woodmen park hollering to, “Getcher red hot apple pie…”

She has the best weenie eateries grouped by region, so plan your California vacation accordingly so you can get one of Pink’s Pastrami Burrito Dogs.

One all-kosher beef I’ve got with the book is no pictures.

2 Thoughts on “Hot Diggity

  1. NO PICTURES! that is just ridiculous…

    For more hot dog fun, I would suggest checking out Paul DeGeorge’s blog “I am an American and I Eat Hot Dogs” ( where he chronicles every hot dog he ate between 2004 and 2008 (with pictures!)

    Does the name “Paul DeGeorge” sound familiar? ahhh yes, that is because he is one half of the band Harry and the Potters who will be playing at the Eastern Ave. Branch Grand Opening on July 10th! See here:

  2. Christina on June 6, 2010 at 9:41 am said:

    I haven’t read this book but I do agree, it’s too bad if there are no pictures! I am still looking forward to checking it out for the recipes!

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