From Publishers Weekly
Readers who sigh at the names "Super Chief" and "Zephyr," and who remember the meal Cary Grant ate on the train in North by Northwest , may find this book fulfilling their wildest dreams. In an attempt to "preserve a record of one of the ways we used to eat," rail fan and Penn State professor Porterfield presents a detailed history of train dining. Beginning as an alternative to railroad station eateries, train dining reached its peak in 1930, when 1732 railroad dining cars were registered with the Interstate Commerce Commission, and all but ended in 1971 with telegrams like the May 1 order to Union Pacific to shut its passenger lines and make way for Amtrak. Model railroaders and social historians will find the 150 photographs and illustrations invaluable: a photo spread with dimensions of the pantry of the New York Central's Twentieth Century Limited, a sample 1920s dinner menu from the Milwaukee Railroad's Pioneer Limited, descriptions of staff sleeping quarters. The second half of the book offers 250 recipes from 48 railroad lines, featuring early-20th-century fare like Lobster Newburg New York Central, Poinsettia Salad-Merchant's Limited and Baked Potato Pennsylvania. For authentic American versions of lamb fricassee, deviled eggs and blanc mange presented without campiness or apology, this is the source.
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...mouthwatering...A sumptuous social history, complete with recipes. (Entertainment Weekly)
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A wonderful book of interesting information and great food. (Merle Ellis, Host of "Cookin' USA," The Nashville Network)
Readers...may find this book fulfilling their wildest dreams...invaluable...For authentic American [cuisine] presented without campiness or apology, this is the source. (Publishers Weekly)
[A] loving look at dining cars, first-class meals, and the vanished romance of rail travel. (Beverly Bundy, Staff Writer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
...unique, practical and highly informative...Besides 150 priceless photographs, the book contains...simple and easy-to-follow recipes. (The Virginia Quarterly Review)
...an entertaining and scholarly book...eloquent. (John P. Hankey, Chief Curator, B&O Railroad Museum)
...fascinating...If you're a rail enthusiast who loves to cook, you'll be delighted. (The Milwaukee Journal)