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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Book Review: Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler (audiobook)

So is everyone eating only drive-through and take-out right now? Good. Is the world outside making you crave comfort food? Me too. Isn't the Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Wendy's the best fast food item out there? You're wrong, yes it is.

So everyone I know claims to spurn fast food and only eat organic. You're all lying and you know it and I know it but that's okay. I'll see you in line at Popeye's and we'll pretend we never saw each other. Meanwhile, you should read this really fun book! It's the complete opposite of Fast Food Nation. Mr. Chandler appreciates fast food. He doesn't say it's healthy or that we should eat it daily, but he doesn't deny its appeal.

He goes back in time to the beginnings when White Castle was the first successful national chain. He progresses through McDonalds and Ray Kroc, up through KFC's Twitter feed (KFC follows exactly 11 people on Twitter--6 random guys named Herb and the 5 Spice Girls. Hysterical.)

If you have opinions on which chain has the best french fries and whether or not meat-substitutes will ever be able to work in the fast food world, you'll appreciate this book. With 20 minutes left, I had to turn into Wendy's. Especially because it was one of the fancy new ones with wood paneling and a fireplace! Mmmm, Frosty. Are you with me?

This book is published by Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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