Lovely review in NY Times:
The ‘Serious Eats’ Book, Stuffed to the Cover
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
Published: November 8, 2011
It’s hard to know which is more astonishing, the amount of food stuffed into the 368 pages of “Serious Eats” by Ed Levine and the editors of seriouseats.com (Clarkson Potter, $27.99 paperback), or its comprehensive coverage. It digs with gusto into what’s mostly everyday fare across the country, deconstructing breakfast with sections on eggs, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and the like, then moving on to burgers, pizza, sandwiches and hot dogs, barbecue, fried things, street food (carts and trucks) and baked goods. Venerable spots like Neptune Oyster bar in Boston and Faicco’s Pork Store in New York share the pages with newer places, including Delancey, a pizzeria in Seattle. You’ll find hash-slingers and locavore chefs, a White Castle burger as well as the finesse of breakfast at Boulettes Larder in San Francisco. Guides to styles of burgers, pizzas, hot dogs, lobster rolls and the like, and how to conquer some of these delicacies at home are included. I plan to tear out the essential seven-page directory of places listed in the book, and make several photocopies, to keep in the car and with my travel stuff.
SERIOUS EATS was also named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Lifestyle Books of 2011: “Distilling the essence of the world’s largest online community of food enthusiasts into a readable book is not easy, but this entertaining, handy debut from the creators of seriouseats.com manages to do just that. Part cookbook, part travel guide, it covers the best in American grub.”
See also the great interview with Ed in the Boston Globe: