Free Book Friday: Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley

Free Book Friday: Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw

Ozarks Eats 9781626191990Hi all! It’s time for #Free Book Friday. This week’s giveaway, Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley, comes from award-winning writer Kat Robinson & photographer Grav Weldon.

Following in the footsteps of her last book, Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, her new book has already been praised by Deep South Magazine, Sweet Leisure and InArkansas.

How do you enter to win?

Read the free chapter excerpt below and then comment on this post by Sunday, November 17 (midnight) for your chance to win a free copy of Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley, by Kat Robinson. The drawing will take place Monday morning. Happy reading/eating!

If life is a highway, food is the fuel.

The restaurant cuisine of Arkansas was crafted by transportation—and by family heritage. From coleslaw as a condiment to macaroni and tomatoes as a side dish, Arkansas has its fair share of unique takes on classic home cooking. Order fried chicken and you’re likely to be served spaghetti on the side.

The AQ Combo: fried chicken and spaghetti, found at the AQ Chicken House in Springdale. The “AQ” stands for Arkansas Quality. Photo courtesy of Kat Robinson.

The AQ Combo: fried chicken and spaghetti, found at the AQ Chicken House in Springdale. The “AQ” stands for Arkansas Quality. Kat Robinson.

 The original flyer for The Venesian Inn still hangs on the wall. Courtesy The Venesian Inn.

The original flyer for The Venesian Inn still hangs on the wall. The Venesian Inn.

Ask for a Reuben sandwich and you’ll be served a succulent Arkansas classic with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing piled high on marbled rye. With Arkansas’ diverse culinary ancestry, food never has to be boring.

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” Erma Bombeck
The Uncle Roman at Steffey’s Pizza in Lavaca. Photo courtesy of Grav Weldon.

The Uncle Roman at Steffey’s Pizza in Lavaca. Grav Weldon.

In the book, Robinson explores the delicious nooks of the Ozarks and scrumptious crannies of the Arkansas River Valley: century-old soda fountains, heritage candy makers, wine country and the birthplace of fried pickles and more.  You’ll learn how fried chicken came to a tiny burg called Tontitown; discover a restaurant atop a gristmill with a history predating the Civil War; and dine where Bill Clinton, Sam Walton and Elvis Presley caught a bite to eat.

Chocolate peanut butter cup, Chocolate Pile and Cherry Crisp pies at Miss Anna’s on Towson in Fort Smith. Photo courtesy of Grav Weldon.

Chocolate peanut butter cup, Chocolate Pile and Cherry Crisp pies at Miss Anna’s on Towson in Fort Smith. Grav Weldon.

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” ―Mark Twain

Robinson’s delicious travelogue–restaurant guide–cookbook celebrates over one hundred of the state’s classic and iconic restaurants that consistently serve up the favorite dishes of locals. Each restaurant featured has endured for at least twenty years and has earned a reputation that makes it stand out from the rest.

A single cinnamon roll at Ferguson’s Country Store and Restaurant in St. Joe. Photo courtesy of Kat Robinson.

A single cinnamon roll at Ferguson’s Country Store and Restaurant in St. Joe. Kat Robinson.

We hope you enjoy reading this mouthwatering book excerpt showcasing the region’s finest food, and don’t forget to comment/enter to win below!

KAT ROBINSONKat Robinson is a dedicated food and travel writer and lifelong Arkansawyer. Her credits include work with the Arkansas Times, Serious Eats, Forbes Travel Guide’s Startle.com, USA Today’s The Point, Deep South, Arkansas Life, Little Rock Family, Arkansas Wild, Savvy Kids, Food Network Magazine and Cat Fancy. Her award-winning blog, TieDyeTravels.com, features tales of her journeys and experiences in Arkansas, the American South and wherever she may roam. She lives with her daughter, Hunter, in Little Rock. Click here for her full list of events/signings.

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