Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Hot Dogs, Bruce Kraig “Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture In America”
Bruce Kraig is a well known food historian. That isn’t important to me, what is important is Bruce knows a lot about Hot Dogs, one of my favorite foods. When I saw he was open to be interviewed about his book and wanted to talk Hot Dogs…..I was there.
Hot Dogs are built into our American Culture, think of Memorial Day without hot dogs, think of going to a Twins or Brewers Game without a Dog? Fourth of July, Labor Day weekend. All holidays that you could grill a dog and you’re ready to go.
Everyone likes them differently, ketchup, mustard, relish, etc. So what’s the difference between a Hot Dog, Dog, Frankfurter, Weiner, Red Hot, Tube Steak….etc.? Bruce knew.
His book with Patty Carroll “ Man Bites Dog” explores the transformation of hot dogs from unassuming street fare to paradigms of regional expression, social mobility, and democracy. World-renowned hot dog scholar Bruce Kraig investigates the history, people, décor, and venues that make up hot dog culture and what it says about our country. These humble sausages cross ethnic and regional boundaries and have provided the means for plucky entrepreneurs to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Hot dogs, and the ways we enjoy them, are part of the American dream.
Man Bites Dog celebrates the power of the hot dog through a historical survey and profiles of notable hot dog purveyors. Loaded with stunning color photos by Patty Carroll, descriptions of neighborhood venues and flashy push-carts from New York to Los Angeles, and recipes for cooking up hot dog heaven at home, this book is the ultimate source—informative, fun, and tasty—on the role of hot dogs in American culture. It’s a must-have for the dog fan, the foodie, the pop culture maven, and the street-cart obsessed. Wanna get the book or follow their every move? Click here
A little known fact about Hot Dogs……Babe Ruth once ate 12 hot dogs & 8 bottles of soda between games of a double header. He was reportedly rushed to the hospital after the game with a severe case of indigestion.
Chris Allen Interviews Bruce Kraig: