Bennett Jacobstein announced today that the kindle version of his book The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine will be listed for free on Amazon from April 30th through May 4th, 2015. This book is a must read for baseball fans and foodies alike.
Part of the experience of going to the ballpark is what you can get to eat. During the 2014 baseball season, Bennett and his wife traveled to each of the major league stadiums to investigate the variety of food offerings.
From the early part of the twentieth century until the 1980s, classic baseball fare consisted mostly of hot dogs, ice cream, peanuts, and Cracker Jack. Then ballparks slowly began to sell new items.
Now, teams around the country sell a variety of exotic food. Some stadiums have gone all out to showcase unique, gourmet-style food. Many parks emphasize regional food as well as having offerings from well-known local restaurants.
“The new food era has brought such a wonderful gustatory experience at the ballparks with chef-prepared masterpieces, vegetarian and kosher delights, as well as amped up riffs on the hot dog and sausage,” says Bennett.
The Joy of Ballpark Food begins with the history of the first hot dog at a ball game and concludes with a culinary tour of all 30 major league ballparks.
“Safeco Field in Seattle offers vegan steamed buns with fillings such as black vinegar-glazed Portobello mushrooms, green chili and cucumber salad, basil, and siracha mayonnaise. Rogers Centre inToronto has poutine. Pittsburgh has seaweed salad. Baltimore has The Birdland Hot Dog (smoked brisket, pepperoni hash, tomato jam, and frizzled onions on top of the hot dog). And Minnesota offers a crispy belly bacon sandwich with a vinegar slaw and jalapeno jelly,” says Bennett.
The Joy of Ballpark Food is available for sale on Amazon. All of the royalties from the sale of The Joy of Ballpark Food are being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
To learn more, go to http://www.ballparkfood.org.
SOURCE Bennett Jacobstein