Man v. Food Nation to feature Louisville on tonight’s episode

I have a not-so-secret crush on Man v. Food Nation host Adam Richman. 

I mean, come on, look at this guy:

What’s not to love?

Anyway, Richman stopped in Louisville during the Kentucky Derby Festival to film an episode of the Travel Channel‘s Man v. Food Nation, the latest incarnation of the show Man v. Food. In case you haven’t checked out this show, it basically follows Richman around the country as he explores local restaurants and participates in ridiculously awesome food challenges.

The Louisville episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. Richman lived in Louisville from 1997-1998 (too bad I was just a child at the time), so the episode is a mini homecoming for one of my favorite food stars.

During the episode, Richman visits the Brown Hotel to reveal the history of the Hot Brown, Lynn’s Paradise Café and The Comfy Cow, the Courier-Journal reports. You can check out some behind-the-scenes photos of Richman’s Derby City trip here.

Santa Baby, I could really use these food books for Christmas

Are you there, Santa? It’s me, Ashlee.

I have been pretty good this year. I’m eating my vegetables. I’m working out again. And I started a new job that allows me to give back to the people of my hometown.

If you are willing to overlook a couple of things (like the times I gave my dog, Roscoe, people food) I hope you can find it in that big heart of yours to give me a few books about food for Christmas. I know you’re too busy to guess what I want, so I took the liberty of making a list of the books I would like so your day will run a little easier.

  • America the Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea to Dining Sea by Adam Richman. The author is the host of one of my favorite shows, Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Richman travels around the country visiting homegrown restaurants and undertaking epic eating challenges. In his book, Richman explores the history of some of America’s favorite dishes. If the book is half as interesting as Richman, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. I also have a bit of a crush on this chubby Yale grad, but I digress.




I think that’s it for now, Santa. Thanks for listening. I’ll ask my roommates to leave a baked good out for you on Dec. 24.

Hugs and kisses,


Bits and pieces: Man v. Food, the 5-second rule and other food news from the web, 10.4.10

  • TV chef Alton Brown has a few things to say about the show Man v. Food, and they aren’t too nice. In an interview with Zap2It, Brown called the Travel Channel program “disgusting” and said that it glorifies gluttony. But that hurt the feelings of Man v. Food host Adam Richman, according to, who responded via Twitter: “Alton Brown: MvF is about indulgence-NOT gluttony-& has brought loads of biz to Mom-n-Pop places. You were my hero, sir. No more.” Ouch. I’m a fan of both MvF and Brown’s Food Network program, Good Eats, so I wish Brown and Richman would just bro-hug it out and teach me how to grill a perfect sirloin.
  • I love kitchen gadgets, but they are often one-trick ponies that sit dusty in the back of the cabinet. Real Simple Magazine has some useful tips on repurposing rarely used appliances, such as making calzones on a waffle iron.
  • Noreen Malone, a writer over at, got sick of reading articles about grocery shopping on the cheap in response to the recession. So Malone took a different approach – she shopped at Whole Foods for the most expensive dinner for two. She didn’t actually buy anything, but her article provided an interesting look at how indulgent one could be in the grocery aisles (a half-pound tuna steak for $22.99/pound – no, ma’am).
  • I’m a huge fan of the website Jezebel, and this flowchart is one reason why: “A Guide To Eating Food Off The Floor.” It’s a humorous look at the situation we’ve all been in – a tasty morsel has landed on a potentially germ-ridden floor. Decisions, decisions.