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"It's the comfort food capital of America you could argue," Author pens book on Buffalo food history

Posted: 6:00 AM, Aug 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-24 11:22:31Z

How did the chicken finger sub get invented?

How did Buffalo chicken become a topping on pizza?

Do you know the answer to these questions?

Many of you reading this may be lifelong Western New Yorkers…but food writer Arthur Bovino has a message for you:

“There are things in this book I think that Buffalonians don’t know about their own city.”

His words, not ours.

Strong words for the man who came here on an assignment.

“I moved up here for a month and I ate at 120 restaurants, and gained 25 pounds, and then I wrote for the next 11 months,” said Bovino in an interview at Elmo’s Restaurant in Getzville.

The assignment was to write 60,000 words on Buffalo’s food scene, but he did a lot more than that.

In fact, he turned in 160,000 words and two books.

Buffalo Everything: A Guide to Eating in the “Nickel City” will have an accompanying cookbook to be published later this year.

But, we had to ask the food critic, from a major food city downstate in NYC…why Buffalo?

“Why not Buffalo? I would turn it around and say. Buffalo’s got an amazing food history. It’s the comfort food capital of America you could argue.”

We agree.

 

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