Ten Restaurants that Changed America

by Paul Freedman

From the publisher: Combining an historian’s rigor with a food enthusiast’s palate, Paul Freedman’s seminal and highly entertaining Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Whether charting the rise of our love affair with Chinese food through San Francisco’s fabled Mandarin; evoking the poignant nostalgia of Howard Johnson’s, the beloved roadside chain that foreshadowed the pandemic of McDonald’s; or chronicling the convivial lunchtime crowd at Schrafft’s, the first dining establishment to cater to women’s tastes, Freedman uses each restaurant to reveal a wider story of race and class, immigration and assimilation. 

Paul Freedman is a history professor at Yale University and the acclaimed author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America, which was named a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year and praised as “essential” by the Wall Street Journal Magazine. He lives in Pelham, New York.

Liveright, 2018