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All about Roadfood
Roadfood is created by and for people who love to eat, cook and travel, and debate where the best pancakes are.
Roadfood’s mission is to help you find excellent meals as you travel along highways, small towns and big cities. Roadfood restaurants are almost always casual and affordable. They are diners, small-town cafes, seaside shacks, drive-ins, barbecues, and bake shops. The best of them are colorful places enjoyed by locals and savvy travelers.
It is also our intention that Roadfood lead the way to great local flavor, the best dishes, and unforgettable meals that are the highlights of any roadtrip.
First, Roadfood was published as a guidebook in 1977 by Jane and Michael Stern, and is now celebrating its 10th edition. Then in 2000, Roadfood.com was created to expand the mission of sharing memorable local eateries along highways and back roads with hungry travelers. Roadfood.com strives to be a great resource on any device, and a place where a community of food lovers from all over the country share road-trip reports, delicious food photos, and opinions on all things culinary.
About Jane & Michael Stern
For any food lover who’s ever heard the call of the open road, Jane and Michael Stern have been trusted, trailblazing guides for over 40 years. After meeting at Yale, where they came to study art, they began a collaboration that has yielded over forty books, including the good-eats guide Roadfood, The Lexicon of Real American Food, cookbooks Square Meals and American Gourmet, and pop-culture best-sellers Elvis World, The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, and Way Out West.
Jane and Michael Stern drive around America looking for good food. As the creators of Roadfood, the James Beard Award-winning authors have worked to both preserve and celebrate regional American dishes from coast-to-coast, ensuring that whether someone is tooling through Tulsa or rounding the bend outside of Boston, they’ll know just where to taste the most authentic, local flavors imaginable.
The Sterns have won three James Beard journalism awards for their monthly column in Gourmet magazine, which took readers to the best restaurants in small towns and cities all around the country. They are weekly contributors to “The Splendid Table” on Public Radio.
Jane Stern tells the stories behind the story of Roadfood life: the joys and heartaches (and heartburns) of eating 12 meals a day, including between-meals encounters with America in the raw. The Sterns’ lifelong road trip is here told in vignettes that show the funny, scary, exhilarating, and ultimately delicious experiences in store for adventurous eaters.
From 1997 to 2009, when Gourmet Magazine ceased publication, Jane and Michael Stern traveled America writing a monthly column for the esteemed culinary journal that introduced readers to unique regional specialties, little-known and occasionally legendary eateries, and the crazy-quilt of characters who populate the food world. Their reports earned them three James Beard Journalism Awards. Here is a complete collection of those columns.
Smithsonian : The Jane and Michael Stern Collection
In 2016, the Sterns donated a number of culinary artifacts to the Smithsonian Museum. These artifacts have since been grouped together in what is now called the “Jane and Michael Stern Collection.” Items in the collection consist of raw materials amassed by Jane and Michael stern as they traveled across the United States, researching for their books. Materials include writings, jottings and notes from their various stops while traveling, photographs and slides of places they visited, vintage postcards collected in their travels, take-out menus and placemats, cookbooks dating back to the 1920s and much more. You can find their exhibit page here, and read more about their induction here.
ROADFOOD, 10TH EDITION – Now Available
For road warriors and armchair epicures, the fortieth-anniversary edition of Roadfood is the indispensable guide to more than 1,000 of America’s best local eateries — with over 200 completely new listings.
“The bible for motorists seeking mouthwatering barbecue or homemade pie.” – USA Today
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