Jul 112015


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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692336540
ISBN-13: 978-0692336540

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.


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  12 Responses to “The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine by Bennett Jacobstein”

  1. At some ball games we’ve been to, I’ve watched kids who spend their whole time going to the concession stand. This book sounds fun!

  2. The book sounds great! I know that when I was younger, I was far more interested in the concession stand than in the game (unless I could catch a stray ball. That was fun). Sounds like a fun read.

  3. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a pro baseball game. However, I do remember the food. Hotdogs for sure. Don’t eat hotdogs anymore, but the popcorn sounds good. Interesting concept for a book. We did go to a Dallas Cowboys football game a couple of years ago. That stadium – wow. And the restaurants and food venues inside were pretty astounding.

  4. This sounds fun! I love finding the different foods at baseball stadium. My favorite is the Georgia Dog at Turner field where the Braves play. It’s delicious!

  5. I just went to the ballpark for the first time in forty years. I was quite overwhelmed with the choices (and the prices!)


  6. I think of hot dogs at ball parks as well and just recently learned about all the unique, gourmet stuff at ballparks by watching Top Chef!

  7. Cool book! Baseball is one of the things I miss about not having satellite or cable. We take off a week in October every year to watch playoffs or the condensers in the series. sounds like an interesting and informative book.

  8. Very exotic to me since we don’t have any baseball tradition in NZ. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  9. Sounds like a really fun book! We don’t hit many baseball games here because the stadium is about an hour away and it’s SO HOT in Texas during the summer! But when I do go, food is my absolute favorite part. A fully loaded dog, cold beer, peanuts. Yum!!!

  10. By the way, I tagged you in a Reader’s Habits post. Play along if you like!

  11. We have a local minor league team and love going to the games. I swear the food is a fun as the game.

    I was off the grid this weekend (camping) so that’s why I’m late coming around.

    • Hi Beth! I hope you had a great time on your camping trip. I used to love camping but haven’t in a few years. I recently talked to my kids about going but haven’t heard a yes though.

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