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Hot Doug's Book Available For Pre-Order

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jan 8, 2013 3:00PM

2013_1_8_HotDougs.jpg The only thing better than standing in line for hours outside of Hot Doug's? Thinking about other people standing in line while you make your own versions of his sausages. We wrote last Spring that Doug Sohn, proprietor of the cult hot dog joint, was asking for submissions from fans to go into his new book. Well, it's all real now. Hot Doug's: The Book is now available for pre-order.

The release date? July 13, 2013.

Here's part of the book description from Amazon.

"As told through Sohn's own stories, this book will combine recipes, photos, favorite anecdotes, lessons learned, and lists ranging from general restaurant etiquette to most-repeated sausage double-entendres (Doug's heard 'em all). Stories included will reveal fact from the folklore of the restaurant's founding, retell the tale of Hot Doug's infamous 2006 run-in with Chicago City Hall, and even provide accounts of Hot Doug's-inspired tattoos, which if presented upon order privilege the bearer to free hot dogs for life. Contributions from some of Hot Doug's biggest fans will be spread throughout the book, with raves from Anthony Bourdain (who featured the restaurant on his Food Network show), Paul Kahan, Steve Albini, Dan Sinker, and many other local and national figures."

It sounds like a combination tribute and cookbook, with a heavy dash of fluffy celebrity endorsements. Probably won't be all that useful to serious home sausage makers, but it's destined to become a must-have for the coffee tables of Chicagoans trying to establish their foodie cred.