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Hamburger Heaven: The Illustrated History of the Hamburger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Cool history, nice pictures

    Hamburger Heaven is a blast to the past, when there were Drive-Ins instead of drive-throughs. Starting with the history of the hamburgers as it related to the Tartars and brings it into the 70¿s, 80¿s and then 90¿s. It reports on the glory days of the Hamburger, when McDonald¿s was in it¿s infancy and there were far more unique chains than we can dream of today. The history of the hamburger is much richer than most could imagine, and Tennyson does a wonderful job of exploring the past. Presented not only with facts, but with pictures, he does a wonderful job of showing the past so it¿s not only interesting, but nostalgic. I love the fact that he is clearly enamored with his subject, and I love all the older graphics and pictures depicting the chains we have lost along the way. My only complaint about the book, and the reason that it got 4 stars instead of 5, was he doesn¿t talk about the excellent, out of the way places still open! Yes, he has two pages of addresses in the back, but only addresses. He doesn¿t tell us anything about these places, about what makes their burgers special. I would have really liked that. The only other thing I want to say is that Tennyson is a graphic designer, and that does show. There are equal numbers of pages dedicated to graphics as there are to words, and sometimes the words are crowded by the graphics. Over all, though, a nice, charming book.

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