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Carroll, Patty (Photographer) & Kraig, Bruce (Author). MAN BITES DOG: HOT DOG CULTURE IN AMERICA: THE FIRST EDITION. Lanham, Maryland: Altamira Press/Rowman & Littlefield Studies In Food And Gastronomy, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 195 pages. Fine.

Landmark book-length account on subject. Now considered an American classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2014 Softcover Reissued Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Patty Carroll and AltaMira Press: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Patty Carroll. Text by Bruce Kraig, one of the most important gastronomy scholars of our time. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Patty Carroll's and Bruce Kraig's "Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture In America". Authentically American. Beyond delicious. Definitive. "Whether you call them franks, wieners, or red hots, hot dogs are as American as apple pie, icons of American culture. Explores the transformation of hot dogs from unassuming street fare to paradigms of regional expression, social mobility, and democracy. World-renowned food scholar Bruce Kraig investigates the history, people, decor, and venues that make up hot dog culture and what it says about America. These humble sausages cut across ethnic and regional boundaries, and have provided the means for plucky entrepreneurs to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Loaded with stunning color photographs by Patty Carroll, descriptions of neighborhood venues and flashy pushcarts from New York to Los Angeles, and recipes for cooking up hot dog heaven at home. The ultimate source - informative, fun, and tasty - on the role of hot dogs in American culture" (Publisher's blurb). "For a wiener-lover like myself, it truly is Biblical. Full of history, drama, and wonder. A joy to browse at leisure and a solid read front-to-back, endlessly informative and entertaining. This ode to the most American food of all bolsters one's faith in our nation's taste, which, however it gets politicized, industrialized, and sanitized, remains full of character and mischief" (Michael Stern). An absolute "must-have" title for Patty Carroll, Bruce Kraig, and Americana collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in pencil on the front free endpaper by the photographer: "The last picture book of hot dogs. With relish, Patty Carroll". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. This title is a contemporary American classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Patty Carroll did NOT most copies of the book. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. Two of the most brilliant American artist/authors of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATTY CARROLL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0759120730. $100.00

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