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Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews Paperback – August 27, 2013
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About the Author
Marilyn Hagerty has been writing for the Grand Forks Herald since 1957. She currently writes five columns a week for the paper, including That Reminds Me for the Tuesday editorial page, Eatbeat for the Wednesday food page, and personal columns for Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. She lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Top Customer Reviews
My favorite thing about this collection is the post review footnotes. After the last appearance of the restaurant in the reviews, a note, which is written by an editor or possibly Anthony Bourdain, indicates the fate of the restaurant. Most are short culinary obituaries, some indicate the franchise has rapidly expanded, and a few indicate the effect a natural disaster has on a community. This group of one line fates patterns itself into a mosaic highlighting the history of food in the region and many similarly sized communities across the nation. A fascinating read.
Sadly, I wish this book was available 15 years ago when I was stationed in Grand Forks, I would have made great effort to visit many of these places that are now lost to history.
I'd like to send her flowers, if anyone has her address.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In early 2012 something extraordinary happened in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After a long wait, residents were treated to the opening of their first Olive Garden. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun
While this book offers an enduring image of what restaurant critics were like in the halcyon days before we entered the backstabbing world of modern restaurant criticism there are... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Deestarr1
Purchased for my elderly mother to read, based on Web-viral articles. She liked it for its lack of snarky reviews.Published 18 months ago by Vic Ridgley
I was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base many years ago. This book is a hoot and was a trip down memory lane for me.Published on July 2, 2014 by Freudian
I bought this item as a gift and the recipient told me it was a fine read. She had requested it so I expect that would be a normal response.Published on February 20, 2014 by LWB
Well written! Fun to read! Helpful! Positive way to learn about restaurants in the area! Really enjoyed forward by Anthony Bourdain!Published on January 2, 2014 by camille johnson
I'll be honest, I skimmed this more than reading it. I heard the online snark about her Olive Garden review when it hit twitter, but this book provided interesting background. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by TravellingCari
Funny and earnest; warm and hilarious. Small town America in a capsule. Well worth the time and money! Marilyn Hagerty's reviews keep you turning the pages ready for more.Published on November 4, 2013 by AppalachianWino