FOUR TO FIVE TIMES a year, Cook’s Country’s executive food editor Bryan Roof and staff photographer Steve Klise catch an early morning flight out of Boston in search of the best traditional and down-home fare across the USA, along with American takes on cuisines from around the world. They're inspired by the home cooks and regional dishes in every region of the country—and they're determined to get to know them all.
Here you'll find stories about the places they’ve been and the dishes they’ve discovered that now have a special place in our hearts and stomachs. We encourage you to stop by every now and then to learn more about our country's food and the people bringing these dishes to life. In addition, you'll find tips for when you're on the road and travel recommendations from our community. And if you have your own road trip story, destination recommendation, or favorite roadside food, leave us a comment at the bottom of the page. (We might travel to your hometown on our next trip!)
On The Road Stories
Read about executive food editor Bryan Roof and staff photographer Steve Klise's trips around the country in search of creative home cooks and memorable roadside restaurants, from California to Tennessee, New Mexico to New York.
Veselka in New York, NY
Before we developed our own blintz recipe we could make at home, we had to taste the best. So we hopped a train to New York City to dine at the city's most reputable blintz joints.
Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Could a specialty baker with a background in marketing hold the key to a Philly favorite? We quickly learned the answer to this question is yes.
Villa Di Roma in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
They make 145 meatballs a day, 6 days a week, and they've been at it for 25 years. That’s more than a million meatballs—Rocky Balboa would be proud.
Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama
We joined thousands of people with a common love of shrimp and live music along the stunning cotton-white sand beaches of coastal Alabama.
Road Trip Tips, Inspiration, and More
Before you fasten your seatbelt and put your car in drive, check out some of our articles for tips and inspiration from the people that know the road and food best.
- Staff Photographer Steve Klise's Favorite Images From the Road
- The Cook's Country Team's Favorite Recipes From The Road
- 8 Adult- and Kid-Approved Car Snacks for the Ultimate Road Trip
- On The Road with Cook's Country: Test Cook Morgan Bolling's Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook's Country: Deputy Editor Scott Kathan’s Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Test Cook Matthew Fairman’s Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Executive Food Editor Bryan Roof’s Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Senior Editor Ashley Moore’s Ultimate Road Trip
- The Best Local Restaurants, According to You
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Editor in Chief Tucker Shaw’s Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Staff Photographer Steve Klise’s Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Test Cook Natalie Estrada’s Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Test Cook Alli Berkey’s Ultimate Road Trip
- On the Road with Cook’s Country: Associate Editor Cecelia Jenkins’ Ultimate Road Trip
- The Tools You Need to Vacation like a True Home Cook
Recipes From The Road You Can Make at Home
It might be tough to find a restaurant outside of North Carolina that serves dipped chicken, or a pizza joint outside of the Motor City that serves Detroit-style pies. But with our foolproof recipes, you can make these dishes at home. We've reengineered some of the very best bites and recipes from our travels so that home cooks anywhere in the country can prepare them in their own kitchens.
We are proud of this collection of recipes and hope that they become a part of your culinary repertoire. Below you'll find the recipes we've tasted on the road and then recreated in the kitchen, split out by region.
From Massachusetts New England Pork Pies
Ground Ritz Crackers added to the pork filling give it richness and help keep it tender. For the finishing touch, we pour gravy into the pies right through the vent holes in their crusts.
From New York City Cheese Blintzes
Our raspberry sauce couldn’t be easier: frozen fruit, sugar, and salt simmered for 10 minutes. This bright, quick-cooking sauce will balance the rich, lightly sweetened blintz filling.
From Tennessee Tennessee Pulled Turkey Sandwiches
We salt the turkey a day ahead to ensure juicy, thoroughly seasoned meat. Our Alabama-style white sauce adds even more flavor to these sandwiches.
From North Carolina Eastern North Carolina Fish Stew
No one knows for sure when cooks began cracking whole eggs directly into the pot, but locals speculate that they were originally added so that a small day’s catch could still feed a large crowd.
Cook's Country TV On-the-Road Episodes
There's nothing quite like seeing a recipe made right in front of you! Join hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, our cast of cooks, taste testers, and equipment experts on Cook's Country TV. We explore everything from family-friendly weeknight dishes to comforting home-style favorites to holiday showstoppers. Our kitchen is your kitchen. Welcome home.
The Complete Cook's Country TV Cookbook, 10th Anniversary Edition
“Whether you're cooking for two or cooking for an army, the recipes in our giant, 600-plus page 10th Anniversary cookbook keeps the focus on ease, achievability, and big flavors that put smiles on faces around the table.” —Tucker Shaw, Editor in Chief, Cook’s Country
Cook's Country Eats Local
Enjoy 150 foolproof recipes that have flown under the national radar for far too long. No matter where you live or where you're going, in this cookbook, we have a recipe for you.
Where do you think we should go on our next trip? Does your hometown have some of the best food? Leave us a comment and let us know where we should go and what we should eat when we get there. Thanks for stopping by!