Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s County Fairs

Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s County Fairs
George Geary
July 2017
8 x 10
Trade Cloth

Fair Foods is an illustrated cookbook featuring the recipes of the most popular and offbeat food served at county fairs across the USA.

Packed with 120 original recipes created by award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator George Geary, Fair Foods includes such county fair classics as Texas Maple Bacon Donuts, The World’s Gooiest Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting, Aztec Hot Chocolate, Witch’s Brew, Caramel Kettle Corn, Fried Sweet Potato Sticks, Ten-Pound Cheesebuns, Cheesecake on a Stick, Chocolate-Encased Bacon, Fried Coca-Cola, Fried Guacamole, Fried Oreo Cookies, BBQ Turkey Legs, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken and Waffles, Blue Ribbon Chili, Pork Chop on a Stick, and Spicy Peanut Butter and Jelly Burgers.

Each page in Fair Foods is lavishly illustrated with both vintage and contemporary photographs of America’s most beloved fair foods, as well as fun and lively images of rides and attractions and nostalgic ephemera. Fair Foods is not only mouthwateringly addictive, it also captures the joy and spirit of America’s greatest county fairs.

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Author Information
George Geary

George Geary is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, and renowned educator. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, Geary is a Certified Culinary Professional, and was recently chosen as the Culinary Educator of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is perhaps best known for creating all of the cheesecakes for The Golden Girls and other top-rated television programs. Geary has worked as a critic and/or judge for ABC’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, The American Baking Competition with Jeff Foxworthy, Hell’s Kitchen, Supermarket Superstar, and many other popular television shows. He also teaches cooking classes aboard Holland America Lines.

For over thirty years, Geary has been a culinary contest judge for major food manufacturers such as Canola Producers, Veg-All, Hormel Foods, the Hershey Company, Knott’s Berry Farm Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Fleischmann’s Yeast, the San Diego Union Tribune, ABC News, and many more. From 1982 to 2010, George was the culinary coordinator of the Los Angeles County Fair.

Geary is the author of L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, as well as nine cookbooks including The Cheesecake Bible, The Complete Baking Cookbook, and 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes. He is presently the featured chef on the San Diego Living television show on the CW Network. Geary lives in Los Angeles.


Featured in Los Angeles magazine, Advocate Pulse magazine, the Courier Times, National Culinary Review magazine, Cuisine Noir magazine, the National Examiner, the Santa Barbara News-Press, Southern Seasons magazine, STYLE magazine, the Port Arthur News, the Daily & Sunday Review, In and Around magazine, the Paris Post-Intelligencer, the Senior Wire, the New Haven Register, the Las Vegas Review Journal, Food Management magazine, Carolina Woman magazine, EveWine101.com, DyingforChocolate.com, AdventuresofaFrugalMom.com, MomShoppingNetwork.com, and Back Roads USA

“‘Offbeat’ is the key word here. . . . Some fair foods are, dare we say it, healthy.”
—CNN Travel

“A wonderfully weird slice of Americana.”

“George knows a thing or two about fair foods.”
—Hallmark Channel

“With a nod to the great American tradition of eating and competing at the fair, George has compiled a strange and wonderful mix of recipes.”
Napa Valley Register

“The photos are amazing and it is a great ‘show and tell’ book, but you can also use it to wow your guests when you follow the recipes.”

“A perfect present.”

“Now you can make your own fair foods at home, and eat the good stuff all year long.”
—Sarah’s Blog of Fun

“A fun cookbook.”
—Kaisy Daisy’s Corner blog

“A great gift for the holidays!”

“This spunky new recipe book is loaded with more than 120 recipes, plus fun photos that are just as exciting as you’d expect a fair to be.The book is also loaded with tips for creating fair food at home.”
L.A. Parent

 “Just flipping the pages of this carnival cookbook will have your mouth watering and your fingers itching to head into the kitchen and get cooking. And the best part—you can treat yourself any day of the year.”
Times News

 Fair Foods covers just about anything you can imagine from your local fair, no matter the time of year. . . . Flipping through Fair Foods is as close to the genuine fair experience as you can get without hitting the midway.”

 Fair Foods captures the joy and spirit of America’s greatest county fairs. No more waiting for the fair season to get all those wonderful wacky foods—now you can enjoy them all year long.”

 “The book has a ton of different recipes, some a little more standard (cheesecake on a stick, funnel cake with berries), some a little bit offbeat (deep-fried Oreos®, bacon-wrapped tater tots with dill dipping sauce), and some that sound too crazy to be good (chocolate-encased bacon, fried Coca-Cola®).”
—Motherhood Moment blog

 “Oh my! All your fair favorites are here! Your family, especially the kids, will adore this book and may even take it over for their own cooking and summer fun!”
—Bless Their Hearts Mom blog

 “I love this book, it is filled with the best recipes for fair goodness and treats all over the USA. If you have grown up around fair foods and then miss them terribly as an adult, this book is both nostalgic and yum in one! I would love to get my hands on every book by this author!”
—Cassandra M.’s Place blog