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Trucking Across America as a Food Guy

Episode 017- If your only knowledge of what big rig truckers do is informed by Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy, you’ll find that the stereotype of hard living, hell raisers is largely inaccurate.

In Tom Kyrk’s blog, Road Tested Living, he shares his life living as a trucker.  Those adventures include being part of the trucker’s food culture, and, yes, there is a trucker’s food culture. This includes not only eating at diners and truck stops.  It also means cooking in the close quarters of the back of one’s rig.  In this episode you’ll learn how that happens. You’ll also get Tom’s recommendations of excellent places around the country to grab some grub.  He also talks about a cookbook for truckers that he coauthored called The Rolling Kitchen Cookbook. Since they are working on the website, if that link doesn’t work, try this link to get recipes.

If you’d like to reach out directly to Tom Kyrk, you can email him at roadtestedliving@gmail.com or go to his Facebook page.

Some of the locations that Tom mentioned:

Uncle Pete’s (Lebanon, Tennessee)

Clinton Station Diner (Clinton, New Jersey)

Iowa 80 Truckstop. (Walcott, Iowa)

TA, Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) 

Dixie’s (McLean, Illinois)

Mo Griddlers (Bronx, New York) (Closed)

Frattelli’s Pizza (Bronx, New York)

Peto’s (Louisiana)

Tiger Truck Stop (Louisiana)

Jubitz (Portland, Oregon)

Red’s Tavern (Massachusetts) 

Resources for truckers:  Truckers Haven and Cooking on the Truck

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