Whether you call them franks, wieners, or red hots, hot dogs are as American as apple pie. But how did these little links become icons of American culture? This program, inspired by the new book Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America, will explore the transformation of hot dogs from unassuming street fare to paradigms of regional expression, social mobility, and democracy.
Hot dog scholar Bruce Kraig and photographic artist Patty Carroll will talk about their explorations of the history, people, decor, and venues that make up hot dog culture in America (and something about the sausage’s worldwide popularity). The program will be illustrated with stunning color photos and descriptions of neighborhood venues and flashy pushcarts from New York to Los Angeles.
The reception will feature some of the endless hot dog variations found in American culture, such as Southern slaw dogs, New England franks with Boston baked beans, and Sonoran dogs in the Southwest.