Are there any foods you immediately associate with basketball, hockey, tennis, golf, bowling, water polo, roller derby, dressage, ice dancing, rock climbing, fly fishing, curling or caber toss? I’m gonna say no. Football, on the other hand, is almost synonymous with great grub. You’ve got chicken wings, chili, nachos, brats, guacamole, the occasional turducken and the list goes on and on. Football fare is worthy of celebration, and that, my famished friends, is the primary inspiration and motivation behind my 21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food cookbook.
Based on title alone, you might be led to believe that what I’m offering is nothing more than a carefully selected collection of game day recipes, not that there would be anything wrong with that. My Cincinnati Chili recipe alone is worth the price of admission, even without the companion beer bread. However, this volume is on a far grander scale. There are, in my humble opinion, two things most cookbooks have in common. They lack entertainment value, and they lack humor. My goal is to serve up Thanksgiving-size helpings of both. I’ve been writing about football for a long time now. Over the years, NFL players, coaches, owners, general managers and officials have done a lot of boneheaded things. So, in addition to all the tailgate type treats, I’ll take you on an entertaining and comical stroll down memory lane. Do you remember when former Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a hapless attempt to save a pizza? And how about that time former Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed beat up a towel dispenser just because he couldn’t dry his hands? I’m only scratching the surface here. As you kick back with a delicious Brunch Burger, some Super Supreme Mucho Macho Nachos or a big bowl of Mexican Corn Dip, you can also have a laugh at the good natured expense of those who play the game we all love so much. I can promise you now the term butt fumble will come up at least once.
There is not yet a set release date for 21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food. Check back soon for more details!