Madison Food

Fromm, Nichole. Rasmus, Jonmichael. Madison Food: A History Of Capital Cuisine. Charleston, SC: American Palate. 2015.


A useful and resourceful book on the history of Madison cuisine, Madison Food is a well-written, well-researched and well-enjoyed book on food found in the capital city of Wisconsin. From shacks to fine restaurants and every place in-between, authors Nichole Fromm and Jonmichael Rasmus provide a foodie tour of Madison, Wisconsin. Intriguing history, amusing stories, interesting antidotes, delicious suggestions and driving directions all fuse together for a delectable book. Full color pictures, black and white vintage photographs and appendices of eateries grouped by various categories complete the piece.

For anyone spending a day or merely passing through Madison, Wisconsin, Madison Food is definitely a book to have on-hand. With plenty of available food choices from bakeries, delis, restaurants and markets, ranging from quick, historical, contemporary and cultural, the city of Madison offers something for everyone. Not only did I learn a bit of history within a capital city, I also gleaned some interesting, tasty places to try for lunch. Hopefully part of a series, I certainly will watch for similar types of books while traveling.

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Madison Food from The History Press for my honest review*



Stern, Jane and Michael. Roadfood (Diner Guide). NY: Clarkson Potter/ Publishers. 2014.

roadfoodMuch like a travel guide is necessary for a vacation, Roadfood is a must when planning a visit to another city. With over 900 suggestions for places to eat, you are sure to find one that satisfies your palate. From BBQ shacks to pastry parlors to cozy cafeterias to lobster boils, each restaurant includes directions, hours, phone numbers, price guides and websites to make a trip even more enjoyable and easy…

Just in time for a planned trip to the Midwest, Roadfood provided the personal experience we hoped to include. Obviously packed with lots of information from firsthand adventures, Jane and Michael Stern share their expertise and experiences in one large book. With 900 places included and a “Roadfood Honor Roll” of 100, each unique dining destination includes a bit of history, the house-specials, and the authors’ knowledgeable opinions all arranged by location. I found it especially engaging to discover a few of my own favorites included as well as several to incorporate into my next road trip. Definitely a book I will leave in my suitcase…

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Roadfood from Blogging for Books and Clarkson Potter/ Publishers for my honest review*