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Culinary Historians of New York presents Man Bites Dog: What Hot Dogs Tell Us About America with Bruce Kraig and Patty Carroll

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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.

Bruce Kraig, Professor Emeritus at Roosevelt University, is a noted food historian and widely sought-after expert on the lore, allure, and culture of the hot dog. Patty Carroll is an Adjunct Professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a distinguished photographic artist. She specializes in photographing American popular culture.
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May 30, 2013
6:30 PM
$25.00 – $40.00
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Roger Smith Hotel
125 E. 47th Street
New York, NY United States