Synopses & Reviews
Fourth in our internationally acclaimed Offbeat series, Offbeat Food: Adventures in an Omnivorous World explores the unusual, unexpected, and extraordinary aspects of food and food culture. This unique book will provide hours of robust entertainment for even the finickiest gourmet. Everything from food Americana-style to the mysterious durian fruit to the appearance of food in the arts and popular culture to the oddities and delights of the international palette is covered in this "foodie" smorgasbord. Alan Ridenour's postmodern foodlore primer is guaranteed to start-and end-countless dinner table conversations and arguments.
"If you're wild about food, and we are, you'll love this culinary adventure. Alan Ridenour takes us through history and around the world discovering delicious tidbits that surprise and tantalize." MarySue Milliken and Susan Feninger
"Al, who has honored my hometown with rampaging woodland creatures, murderous clowns, human barbeques, and Charles Mansons sculpted out of Swiss cheese, who brought plague victims to the Renaissance Faire and raw weenies to the Los Angeles Marathon, has done it again." Jonathan Gold, Gourmet Magazine
"Offbeat Food is a fun, informative, and very personal tribute to the history, comfort, and love we relate to food. The unique style sheds light on the historical, popular, and visceral slices of our most popular and least popular eating traditions." Piero Selvaggio, Chef and Owner of Valentino Restaurant
About the Author
Alan Ridenour is a veteran freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Weekly, New Times, and numerous other publications. He is the head of the Los Angeles chapter of the Cacophony Society. A transplanted midwesterner, he makes his home in the Los Angeles area.