‘Coney Detroit’ in Detroit News gift guide

What a dandy idea! “Coney Detroit” for the holidays!

The Dec. 11 Detroit News features “Coney Detroit” as one of 12 holiday gift books for 2012.

Two of our friends have books in the guide: Dan Austin’s new “Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit” and Michael Hodge’s “Michigan Historical Railway Stations.” All three books do a good job with both writing and photography.

Check out the News’ holiday gift guide.

All author/photographer royalties from “Coney Detroit” go to the Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

2 thoughts on “‘Coney Detroit’ in Detroit News gift guide

  1. I am wondering how you would rate the truthfulness of http://books.google.nl/books?id=b-sCAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false page 64, which claims: “we do know, however, that chili was introduced to this area by eastern european immigrants who had first settled in New York, and later came to Cincinnati in the early 1900′s seeking labor in the railroad camps. They brought with them a delicacy known as the “chili dog”, which they nostalgically re-named “coney island sandwitch.”"? Is it possible that the chili dog did originate in New York rather than Michigan?

    • Interesting. But true? I have been obsessed with knowing whether there is a link between the sauce at Cincinnati’s Ckyline Chili places and the Detroit style coney dogs.

      I think Skyline’s little coneys are cute.

      But is the article true? I don’t know. The writer says that the coney’s creators were lousy record keepers, so how can the article then flatly state, without evidence, that the coney was invented in New York? I want to see some proof. We know that coneys in many stats trace their origins to before 1920. Several claim 1914-1918 origins. We doubt some claims as city directories from the time say something else. We have not seen much proof of the claims that exist.

      We believe that Coney Island, N.Y., must have had some influence on the creation of these delicious dogs, sold at many “lunch counters,” but to say they were invented there and then transplanted begs the question: When and why did they leave New York?

      Our research seems to point to Greeks as the predominant ethnicity in early coney places in Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Massachusetts. Bulgarian is such a different take on things. I’d want to see proof on that, too. Show me an old photo, newspaper clipping, sales bill, something.

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