Raw Dog: The Naked Truth about Hot Dogs

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5.7 X 8.54 X 1.13 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author
JAMIE LOFTUS is a comedian, Emmy-nominated TV writer, and podcaster. She's worked as a staff writer on Teenage Euthanasia, Robot Chicken, and Star Trek: Lower Decks, and wrote and starred in her own web series for Comedy Central. She writes and hosts popular limited-run podcasts--"My Year In Mensa" (2019), "Lolita Podcast" (2020), "Aack Cast" (2021), and "Ghost Church" (2022)--and cohosts, with screenwriter Caitlin Durante, a podcast on the How Stuff Works Network called "the Bechdel Cast." She has her baby teeth bronzed and loaded into a slingshot.

"A wonderfully weird and wild mashup of history, social commentary, personal revelation and food journalism." --BookPage

"You will never read a funnier book about taking a hot-dog-themed road trip across America than Raw Dog." --Glamour (Best of 2023)

"Somewhere between a send-up and a takedown of America's favorite sausage." --Bon Appétit

"Equal parts meat-processing indictment, travelogue, hot dog history, and odd facts, this book is irreverent, hilarious, entertaining, honest, and, at times, gross. Will fascinate readers interested in hot dogs, road trips, and regional recipes." --Library Journal

"Raw Dog will leave you nourished." --BuzzFeed

"Jamie Loftus is a wise and funny storyteller, and her enthusiasm is inspiring. There's so much about hot dogs that you need to know, and Jamie is here to teach you!" --ANDY RICHTER, actor and writer

"A moving, gorgeously written and lovingly researched dive into the world of hot dogs, American nationalism, in-group scandal, and delicate human relationships. This gonzo yet vulnerable trek is meaty, fun, critical, and evocative all at once. Jamie Loftus is the hot dog generation's Joan Didion." --GABE DUNN, New York Times bestselling coauthor of I Hate Everyone But You

"Jamie deftly interweaves the absurdity of the ubiquitous hot dog with the chaos of an American culture trying to suss out its post(?)-pandemic identity. Her eye for detail, sly wit, and whip-smart way with words makes her one of the freshest and most insightful new comedic voices of this decade." --LINDSAY ELLIS, New York Times bestselling author of Axiom's End

"Who but Jamie Loftus could've given us the hot dog Moby-Dick? This book is like getting shot in the chest and waking up three hours later, stronger and wiser." --BRANSON REESE, New York Times medium selling author of Hell Was Full, creator of FX's Swan Boy

"Raw Dog is a wild ride. I cannot prepare you for it, and I wouldn't want to. Enjoy the surprise." --ROBERT EVANS, host of the podcast Behind the Bastards

"Jamie Loftus is the best travel companion a reader could ask for, and in Raw Dog she takes us on a revealing, funny, sad, horny, and insatiably curious journey across America, and into the truth of what it means to be human." --SARAH MARSHALL, host of the podcast You're Wrong About

"Jamie Loftus is the most deeply incisive and hilariously honest artist in podcasting, and her singular comedic voice rings as crystal clear on page as it does on mic. With Raw Dog, she continues to find the subject you didn't know you wanted to spend hours learning about, and leave you wanting more. Loftus writes with the laugh-a-minute cadence of a Fey, the twisting, somersaulting vitality of a young Eggers." --JACK O'BRIEN, cofounder of Cracked.com and head of comedy at iHeartPodcast Network

"Growing up, I never thought I would want to read an entire book about hot dogs. But that was before Jamie Loftus decided to write one." --ALLISON RASKIN, New York Times bestselling author of Overthinking About You: Navigating Romantic Relationships When You Have Anxiety, OCD and/or Depression

Praise for Jamie Loftus:

"One of the most interesting voices in podcasting . . . It is Loftus's probing curiosity that is her greatest asset." --The New Yorker

"Unexpectedly gripping explorations of niche subjects, infused with her biting comedic delivery." --The New York Times

"Thoroughly entertaining." --Vulture

"Diving headfirst into a minefield of impossible yet crucial questions." --Mashable