More Retro Diner: A Second Helping of Roadside Recipes is a return -by popular demand- to the roadside eateries on the highways of America, and to the road food that nourished Americans on the move. More Retro Diner takes us back to automobiles with flashy chrome fins, to road trips with hungry kids clamoring for food from the back seat. It takes us back to milk shakes shared with two straws, to shiny counters and revolving stools. The foods we ate in these diners are among our favorites, the comfort foods we have loved for years.
In the introduction to the book, the authors tell us that "the best diners break with traditions and will experiment." Reflecting that sentiment, they have gathered recipes that are both classic as well as original. Many reflect the continuous changes in American immigration patterns. Here you'll find, not just beef stew, but Shawn's Beef & Apple Stew, O'Rourke's Diner Roasted Plum Tomato Soup, the Mexican influenced Louise's Chicken-Tortilla Soup. There are blue plate specials ranging from Connie's Pastitsia (Greek Pasta Casserole) to Blue Comet Lounge Crab Cakes to French-Canadian Meat Pie. Desserts include a crumb-topped Apple Pie, Riverhead Grill Bread Pudding, Hot Tin Roof Sundae. This is food that expresses the tastes brought to an immigrant nation that established the foods that would become synonymous with America
The book is illustrated throughout with nostalgic drawings, photographs and reproductions of old postcards, even a few old menus.
About the authors: Randy Garbin and Teri Dunn combine their devotion to roadside travel and diners across America to bring this blue plate sequel to your table: Randy Garbin founded Roadside Magazine, devoted to exploring American back roads; focusing on the American diner. He is author of Diners of New England, a guide to classic diners in that region, and has contributed to USA Today, Condé Nast Traveler and several other publications. Teri Dunn is an author, editor, and consultant to magazines and catalogues. She has traveled widely throughout the country enjoying diners and roadside restaurants.