The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine by Bennett Jacobstein Photographer: Deborah L Jacobstein
Paperback: 154 pages
Publisher: Ballpark Food Publications (January 9, 2015)
Baseball is a game that is identified with food. We even sing about it at every ballpark during the seventh inning stretch: “….buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…” The famous song was written by Jack Norworth in 1908. 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. A proliferation of new food offerings during the 1990s was fueled by the opening of twelve new major league ballparks. Now, teams around the country sell a variety of exotic food as well as wide variety of hot dogs. The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine 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. 100% of royalties from the sales of this book are donated directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties of California.
I have so many good memories of going to see the Cinncinnati Reds play when I was a kid and living in Columbus, Ohio. My brother in law would take all of to see the games and we loved it. This book brought back a lot of memories. The only ballpark I’ve ever been to is Riverfront Stadium, which was finished in 1970. The name was changed to Cinergy Field in 1996 and was sadly demolished in 2002.
Anyway, baseball is a sport that is loved by so many, and food, well, who doesn’t love food? This book brings these two loves together with a bit of history thrown in.
I was surprised by some of the new exotic food that ballparks are offering now. In a way, it made me kind of sad. What I think of when it comes to eating at the ballpark is hotdogs. Maybe I’ll go to another game sometime and try one of the gourmet foods they now sell.
The chapter that most interested me was Culinary Tour of the Major League Ballparks. In 2014 the author and his wife, who happens to be a food photographer, took a trip to each of the 30 major league stadiums to check out the food for the general ticket fans. I found that part of the book very fascinating.
There are photos throughout the book that are a great addition to the book.
This would be a great book for anyone who loves baseball or anyone who loves learning new info or trivia.
This is a short book at only 154 pages, but it’s packed with interesting facts and beautiful photos.
100% of royalties from the sales of this book are donated directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties of California.