West Coast Road Eats, by Anna Roth (2011)

Genre: Nonfiction
Interest Level: Adult
West Coast Road EatsThis was written for those of us who not only love the West Coast, but enjoy every corner of it and love to explore the towns and meet the locals. Subtitled The Best Road Food from San Diego to the Canadian Border, it’s a milepost travel guide to great places to eat, where local food rules and the adventurous are rewarded for their daring choices. A native of Seattle who is a food writer in Los Angeles, Roth travels this road often, and realized her desire for a guide that gets you off the road and into interesting places was a shared one. So she filled the niche, and did so really well. She starts at the border and works south (opposite the direction implied in the subtitle – why is that?). Her directions are clear and take you off the I-5, occasionally on the 101 or the 99, but always south and always into delightful cafes and diners, creameries and cheese factories, wineries, brewpubs and general stores with a sandwich counter. She offers recommendations that include vegetarian dishes and she tells you the story behind the food, the business or the owners, and sometimes all three. A handy guide that is definitely joining our bookshelves soon.
More reviews and discussion of this book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10599556-west-coast-road-eats

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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