Thursday, April 16, 2015

FN Book Review: 'The Joy Of Ballpark Food'

There are baseball books, and then there are really useful baseball books. Bennet Jacobstein's 'The Joy Of Ballpark Food' definitely falls into the latter category. As ballpark road trips have moved from cult to mainstream, a guide like this in indispensable for that Summertime crawl from Camden to Wrigley To AT&T. Not only does Jacobstein do a thorough park-by-park review of what's currently gastronomically available, he also takes a jovial look back at menus from the past. One of particular local note is a 1938 'bill of fare' from Braves Field. Examples: Peanuts 10 cents, Coke 10 cents, draft beer 10 cents (20 cents by the bottle), hot dogs 10 cents and two cigars for a quarter. This book is a fun, light-hearted, humorous romp through ballpark cuisine—even tackling such sensitive topics as 'hot dogs versus sausages' and vegetarian offerings. All in all, this is a worthwhile read for everybody who loves baseball or loves to eat—or both. You can order the book online HERE.