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Drive-Thru Dreams
A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom
Adam Chandler
Read by Adam chandler

Macmillan Audio
June 2019/ ASIN: B07PGZWPS1
Nonfiction/Miscellaneous/General / Audiobook - (6 hours and 6 minutes)

Reviewed by  Leslie C. Halpern


If you enjoyed reading Eric Schlosser’s thought-provoking book, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, you might enjoy Adam Chandler’s new book, Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom. Although the two books examine different aspects of the fast-food industry—greed, corruption, and tainted food versus how fast-food intersects with the American way of life—they each provide exhaustive research and insight into our obsession with quickly prepared, cheaply priced food for the masses.

Chandler humorously describes one reason for fast food’s appeal: Items are presented to us “in flimsy little boxes like gifts from our first loves.” Throughout this culinary romp through history, the author often writes in a witty and entertaining manner that keeps the material fresh and palatable. He looks at how fast-food helped shape America and how hungry American consumers helped shape the development of fast-food restaurants.

Although much of the material examines the larger impacts on culture, the book offers additional insights into how fast-food affects people personally, such as devotion to individual chains. There’s an extreme fan who has a White Castle-themed urn created for her, others with fast-food tattoo creations, and an entire Alaska town tricked by a Taco Bell hoax, among other strange stories.

Read by the author with the same humor that’s infused in his writing, the book shows how food unites us through ritual and memories. He traces the origins of fast food back to a single White Castle restaurant in Wichita, Kansas, known for its sliders. He also recalls a middle school dropout (who made up the Colonel title) and started a gas station and eventual fried chicken chain in southeastern Kentucky that’s internationally known for its eleven herbs and spices (Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken).

Through interviews, research, and clever writing, Chandler delivers a fun and fascinating account of America’s enduring relationship with fast food.

Reviewed 2019