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The Harvey House Cookbook: Memories of Dining Along the Santa Fe Railroad Paperback – March 10, 2006
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In a few short years, someone taking the train from Kansas to Los Angeles might be served -- on white linen, by uniformed wait staff -- roast turkey with cranberries, lobster salad, and New York ice cream. Most likely, they were served by waitresses called Harvey Girls (perhaps you vaguely remember the Judy Garland movie, The Harvey Girls?). Those young women, who had to meet the criteria of "young women, 18 to 30 years of age, of good character, attractive and intelligent" often married local men... the *best* of the local men, suggest the authors, since the girls had plenty to choose from. And thus they had a profound impact. So did the resort hotels that the Fred Harvey company built or ran, among them El Tovar at the Grand Canyon and La Fonda in Santa Fe.
The history in this book is excellent: well told, backed up with plenty of facts and sources, and accompanied with photos and even a Harvey House menu from 1888 (the meal cost 75 cents). It's a short, non-academic read. If you have any interest in railroad history or the opening of the American West, you'll enjoy the book.Read more ›
of the days when the train came thru small towns and buffet dinners
they serve-- some historic in texas still serve one day a week
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Great cookbook. Lots of interesting history stories and pictures. The recipes are tasty sounding. Recommend cookbook.Published 6 months ago by Susan Campbell-Skelly
it had the french toast recipe as seen on a train documentary show and MORE vintage recipes.Published 18 months ago by Karen S.
Very interesting reading because of the history of the Harvey House Cooks, and the recipes a terrific and a reminder of days gone by.Published 19 months ago by Nancy M.
I enjoy how the book is separated between the Fred Harvey story and the recipes that are in the book.Published 20 months ago by Patrick J. Fitzgerald