Dining Cars and Depots
by Patricia B. Mitchell

Dining Cars and Depots

Food served to railroad passengers, including that sold at the stations, along the way, on board, and at special events connected with railroad history. Published 1992. 21 authentic and commemorative recipes, 101 research notes, 37 pages. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Soft cover, saddle-stitched. ISBN-10: 0-925117-55-2. ISBN-13:978-0-925117-55-7.

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The history of train-related food is the topic of Dining Cars and Depots, by Patricia B. Mitchell. Information about meals served on board, and at depots is given, as well as the story of the Harvey Houses and their “Victorian fast food.” (Compare the deportment and the clothing of the respectable Harvey House waitresses with that of today's Hooters girls!)

Menus from some of the railway lines are included in Dining Cars and Depots. Northern Pacific, for example, offered “Head Lettuce with Eggs 30¢,” “Sausage with Mashed Potato 60¢,” and “Coffee, per pot 10¢.”

Ms. Mitchell also writes about some of her own pleasant memories of trains and “train dining.”

21 recipes for such foodstuffs as “Cowcatcher Corn Muffins,” “Broadway Limited Baked Pork Chops,” and “Old 97 Peach Crisp” round out Dining Cars and Depots.

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