Dining by Rail: The History and the Recipes of America's Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. Jan.
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While food served in the dining cars of the great railroads may have lacked the excellence of a 4-star restaurant, the dining experience was unmatched. The scenery, eating en route, sitting with other passengers, all contributed to a delightful repast. Here is a history of railroad food and the development and operation of the dining car, and 200 pages of recipes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312087685
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

James D. Porterfield is a devotee of railroad history and a gourmet cook. He sorted through 7,500 authentic railroad recipes while preparing this book. He lives and teaches in State College, Pennsylvania.
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