Competive eating book author interviewed

Salon interviews Ryan Nerz author of Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit — a book about people who competitively overeat, consuming (for example) 53 and one-quarter hot dogs in 12 minutes at events with names like the "Wing Bowl."

What else is really hard to eat and keep down competitively?

From what I understand, hot dogs really are the toughest because there's all that sodium and nitrates and then there's the bun — most eaters dunk the buns in water because they are easier to swallow.

What are "meat sweats"?

When I first heard the term I thought it was another made-up term on the circuit. But then I heard people talk about it, and I don't know what it is about meat, but in the same way that asparagus emanates through your urine, meat perfuses through the skin. It's the essence of meat coming through you.


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