By Stephen Fried
The mythical existence and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey assisted in shaping American tradition and background for 3 generations—from the Eighties all through international struggle II—and nonetheless impression our lives at the present time in miraculous and interesting methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not going American hero, the founder of the nation’s carrier undefined, whose notable kin company civilized the West and brought the US to Americans.
Appetite for America is the awesome real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told intensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s enlargement into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the nice days of the railroad, of a time while a deal might nonetheless be made with a handshake and the U.S. was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his manner up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He used to be Ray Kroc prior to McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott ahead of Marriott inns, Howard Schultz ahead of Starbucks. His consuming homes and resorts alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including old hotels nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by means of princes, presidents, and numerous usual tourists trying to find the simplest cup of espresso within the kingdom. Harvey’s employees of rigorously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first lady staff and have become real Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and keenness of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of ways this visionary outfitted his enterprise from a unmarried lunch counter right into a family members empire whose advertising and recommendations we nonetheless come across in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly enjoyable, Appetite for America is ancient biography that's as richly worthwhile as a slice of unpolluted apple pie—and each piece as satisfying.
*With photograph inserts that includes over seventy five photos, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, so much of them never-before-published.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time by Stephen Fried