Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Food Lover's Guide to Kansas City

The Food Lover's Guide to Kansas City: The Best Restaurants, Markets and Local Culinary Offerings
by Sylvia Hogg Murphy [917.784 Mur]

I'll admit, what first grabbed my attention with this book was the gorgeous cover illustration of barbeque ribs, and the words "Kansas City" in big bold print. BBQ has a lot of regional variations, but the Kansas City style is the one I gravitate towards without question. My wife and I try to visit KC somewhat regularly, and whenever we're there, we definitely like to try out 'cue from one or more of the local joints. But...this book is about a lot more than just KC barbeque. Breaking the greater Kansas City area into 10 regions, the book dedicates a section for each region to Foodie Faves, Old Guard K.C., Occasions (places you'd go to for special occasions), and "Specialty Stores, Markets and Producers". Admittedly, I tend to hang out in the Plaza, Westport or Downtown areas of K.C. when I visit, and the restaurants and specialty shops this book recommends are all places I've either visited or at least am aware of. But there is a treasure trove of additional " foodie" locations just waiting to be tapped into. If you are an occasional visitor to Kansas City, and love great food -- I highly recommend this book to you to get dining and shopping suggestions you might not be aware of! And don't forget to stop at Oklahoma Joe's for the best BBQ in the city! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and more of his reviews ]

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