Ballpark Eats, by Katrina Jorgensen & Blake Hoena

23 Feb
ballpark eats kristina jorgensen

Five of five stars

This book is Fantastic.
It’s somehow billed as a kid’s book, but many of the recipes here are geared towards people with experience in the kitchen, and without a doubt adults will want to eat this food. I’m not even a baseball fan and I absolutely want this food. I mean, the food is the best part of the game, right?? But I wouldn’t classify this as a “child’s” cookbook by any means. Teenager or older.

This very colorful cookbook brings several recipes from just about every single major league baseball field in America, and at least one from Canada. My lack of baseball knowledge is requiring me to say “just about” and “at least” because I’m only guessing but I can confirm there is A LOT.

My daughter asked “Won’t that mean just hot dogs and beer?” No. Absolutely no.

Hot dogs, yes, many different kinds of hot dogs. Pork sandwiches, steak sandwiches, grilled shrimp, poutine. Different popcorn, onion rings, Boston Cream Pies. Several different (non-alcoholic) drinks (just add vodka!). An endless variety of any kind of food you’ve ever had at a ballpark.

There are interesting notes about each ballpark, and maps, and interesting sidebars such as “Identify the condiment”. And loads of beautiful photographs on every page.

This book is for any baseball lover in your life, and is an excellent book to have handy for celebrating games at home: pick out some favorite foods, mix up some delicious drinks, and have a fantastic ballpark experience while watching the game from the comfort of your couch.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review – I may not be a baseball fan, but I’m now a baseball food fan thanks to this book!

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