Metro Times dining editor unearths Coney's beginnings in new Lucky Peach book


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Most metro Detroiters are at least vaguely familiar with the lore behind the ubiquitous Coney Island hot dog, but what of the rest of the world. Now, the legendary Detroit handheld has reached a wider audience with its story featured in an essay in The Wurst of Lucky Peach: A treasury of encased meat.

The best part, your own Metro Times dining editor was tasked with setting the record straight for Lucky Peach followers.

The anthology/cookbook/scrapbook, published by a division Penguin Random House Company, takes readers on a global journey, exploring the many local variations of tube meat. Passages are on everything from the cevapi, to the Kazak Pig in a Blanket, and the Bronte Barbie. Along with yours truly, Wurst features several prominent food writers like chef/restaurateur Rick Bayless (on chorizo) and former Chicago Tribune food writer Kevin Pang (the Chicago-style hot dog).
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For the non-foodie, Lucky Peach was founded as a quarterly magazine by award-winning chef David Chang, of Momofuku fame. LP, under the direction of editor-in-chief Chris Ying, has gone on to publish two books (including Wurst), and hosts live events across the country. Since its first issue in 2011, it's already garnered accolades that include a 2014 James Beard journalism award.

Advanced orders for the Wurst April 5 release can be placed on Amazon and other online book sellers.

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