Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns and Condiments

Russell Van Kraayenburg. Quirk, $18.95 (168p) ISBN 978-1-59474-675-8
An admitted hot dog lover since the age of seven, food blogger Van Kraayenburg shares his love of hot dogs in all their incarnations in this collection of inspired twists on what many may consider to be a one-note dish. Obsessives can certainly follow Van Krayenburg down the rabbit hole to create their own all-beef hot dogs, bratwurst, and buns, but carnivores simply in search of some ideas to jazz up the basic dog will benefit the most from Van Krayenburg's tutelage, who shares tips on creating the Danger Dog, a Mexican riff that calls for wrapping the weiner in bacon and frying it before dressing it with chili; the Columbian Pineapple Dog; or the Swedish Shrimp Dog, an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach that tops the dog with mashed potatoes, pickle mayo, shrimp salad, onions, ketchup, mustard and lettuce. Purists will appreciate classics like the Chicago Dog, with its iconic sport peppers, Washington D.C. style Half-Smoke and the summertime favorite, the basic corn dog. Whether or not the world really needs instructions on how to prepare a chili cheese dog or bratwurst is debatable, but Van Kraayenburg's enthusiasm for the topic and eye for detail is infectious. Casual consumers can probably pass this one up but obsessives will appreciate the book's global approach. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 06/09/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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