TASTE OF THE TOWN is based off the enormously popular segment by the same name, that airs during Todd Blackledge's weekly college football telecasts on ESPN. It profiles a college-football-town eatery and the homespun food and colorful characters that make each local institution so special.
In TASTE OF THE TOWN, Todd will focus on popular college towns by telling readers where to eat, what to eat, and great stories about college football traditions across America. Combined with recipes from the coach (or wife) of the hometown team and from the chef of the featured restaurants, every reader will be left hungry and excited to try out the popular football food for themselves.
Behind-the-scenes photos, shot on location, enhance the energy of the fun and food featured in each town. This book about football, food and college culture showcases the coaches, players, chefs, servers, and rabid fans who have joined together to talk about their common passion.
Todd Blackledge played Penn State football before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1983. After seven NFL seasons with the Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers, he became an ESPN analyst on Saturday night college games with Brad Nessler. Todd launched 'Taste of the Town' and was nominated for an Emmy as the only analyst covering college sports. He lives in Canton, Ohio with his wife and four sons. JR Rosenthal has a master's of science in journalism from Northwestern University and has written eleven book, including Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible, Randy Johnson's Power Pitching, Don Mattingly's Hitting is Simply, Pitch Like a Pro with Leo Mazzone and Tony Gwynn's Total Baseball. He also is an accomplished chef and is currently working with Nolan Ryan on a cookbook/cattle ranching memoir. Bryan Jaroch graduated from Hamilton College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1997. He is currently a Producer at ESPN, where he has worked since 1999. He produced 'Taste of the Town' segments during the 2008 and 2010 college football seasons, and took hundreds of behind-the-scenes still photos. The photos from the 2008 season were featured in an article on ESPN.com. Since then he has published several photographs in travel guides and continues to expand his photography portfolio. Bryan lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife and son.