The humble hot dog has come a long way since 19th-century European immigrants began selling them on the streets. “It was one of the original fast foods,” says Bruce Kraig, co-author with Patty Carroll of Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America (Atamira, $40). Now, he says, chefs are dressing up the dog with exotic meats and condiments. Kraig shares with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY some favorite spots for a bite.
Patty and Bruce talked to Regionally Speaking Host Steve Walsh about the best stands in Northwest Indiana and the culinary history of the dog. Have a listen!
On Blog Talk Radio, Travel Itch interviewed us about the book. Check it out, as it is really fun!
In Michigan City, Indiana, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts will host Patty and Bruce for a book discussion and reception at their monthly First Friday series.
On Friday, July 5, 2013, photographer Patty Carroll’s work will bring to life the anecdotes of noted culinary historian, Dr. Bruce Kraig, of American hot dog stands, their lively proprietors, patrons and iconic products. Kraig will narrate the links between hot dogs and immigration, baseball, entrepreneurship, the growth of America’s urban centers and regional culinary preferences.
Samplings from local hot dog stands will be available for tasting and a DJ in the garden will entertain later in the evening.
The public is invited to the July 5 book discussion and reception from 5 to 8 PM CST, and admission is free to attend. Cash bar will be provided and light refreshments available for purchase. Signed copies of Man Bites Dog will be available for purchase at a discounted price.
The Lubeznik Center for the Arts is a dynamic, contemporary arts center in Michigan City, Indiana, whose mission is to creatively interweave art exhibitions, the performing arts, educational programming and collaborative community outreach in order to enrich the arts experience within the region. Visit the Center at 101 W. Second Street, Michigan City, Indiana, and contact at (219) 874-4900 or online at www.lubeznikcenter.org.
Reporter Kathryn Rem of the Springfield, Illinois, State Journal-Register was curious, “Why is the lowly hot dog so popular?”
Read the answer, supplied by our very own Bruce Kraig.
“It’s a Democratic food. Hot dogs integrate us,” said Bruce Kraig, author with Patty Carroll of “Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America” (AltaMira Press, 2012).
“There’s a cherished American myth that we have no classes, that we’re a melting pot. Hot dogs integrate us. We all go to the ball park, we all rub shoulders and eat the same food. At a hot dog stand in Chicago, you’ll see business types and laborers, all eating hot dogs.”
Read the rest of Kathryn’s article here: http://www.sj-r.com/features/x776192556/Warm-weather-brings-out-the-dogs#ixzz2X4xIdmOG