|In a prevailing atmosphere of optimism
and excitement, workers broke ground for the transcontinental journey
the Northern Pacific Railway in 1870. Recalling a time when travelers
treated with geniality and respect, Dining Car to the Pacific
a tribute to the most unforgettable part of the rail journey
meal in the dining car.
William A. McKenzie offers a lavishly
illustrated and richly detailed account of hospitality on the NP
— a service
that many considered to be the best in the industry — drawing
ranging from railroad records of the 1860s to anecdotal accounts from
people who were there. In addition, McKenzie includes more than 150
recipes used on the line, such as the Great Big Baked Potato,
Apple Pan Cake, and Northern Pacific Fruit Cake. Dining Car
to the Pacific
will be a treasured addition to the libraries not only of historians
cooks, but also anyone with nostalgia for the dining car experience.
Dining Car to the
The "Famously Good"
Food of the Northern Pacific Railway
by William A. McKenzie
University of Minnesota