Nicole G.'s Reviews > Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West

Appetite for America by Stephen Fried
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2022, food-and-bev, food-history

Last year (2021), I read a book about the Harvey Girls, those pioneering waitresses who served in Fred Harvey eating restaurants across the western rails. While the book was quite interesting, its main focus was on the women themselves, and I wanted more information on Fred Harvey, the man and his company.

Stephen Fried definitely provides this and much more in a very readable history of what's considered to be the first chain restaurant in the United States. The Fred Harvey system became a standard for clean restaurants and delicious, affordable fare no matter where your train happened to stop - which was not the case prior to Harvey as the railroads expanded to the West.

Fred Harvey, the company, would go on to own hotels, newsstands, and shopping centers in some railroad stations, as well as publishing and even a touring company. While the methods and reasoning would be lacking today, it's still true that Harvey's company gave women and people of color a chance to work when the rest of the country still didn't.
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Reading Progress

November 28, 2021 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
November 28, 2021 – Shelved as: to-read (Kindle Edition)
November 28, 2021 – Shelved as: 0-easily-obtained (Kindle Edition)
July 13, 2022 – Started Reading
July 13, 2022 – Shelved
July 29, 2022 – Shelved as: 2022
July 29, 2022 – Shelved as: food-and-bev
July 29, 2022 – Shelved as: food-history
July 29, 2022 – Finished Reading

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