Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom

Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom Review

Most any honest person can own up to harboring at least one fast-food guilty pleasure. In Drive-Thru Dreams, Adam Chandler explores the inseparable link between fast food and American life for the past century. The dark underbelly of the industry’s largest players has long been scrutinized and gutted, characterized as impersonal, greedy, corporate, and worse. But, in unexpected ways, fast food is also deeply personal and emblematic of a larger than life image of America.

With wit and nuance, Chandler reveals the complexities of this industry through heartfelt anecdotes and fascinating trivia as well as interviews with fans, executives, and workers. He traces the industry from its roots in Wichita, where White Castle became the first fast food chain in 1921 and successfully branded the hamburger as the official all-American meal, to a teenager's 2017 plea for a year’s supply of Wendy’s chicken nuggets, which united the internet to generate the most viral tweet of all time.

Drive-Thru Dreams by Adam Chandler tells an intimate and contemporary story of America—its humble beginning, its innovations and failures, its international charisma, and its regional identities—through its beloved roadside fare.

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  • Antigone

    When I first saw this I was reminded of David Foster Wallace and those mid-novel magazine assignments - most of which have been compiled in his essay collections. That man did extraordinary things wit...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    This is a hard book to comment upon since it can be amusing in parts and ho-hum in others. The author dissects the social history of the fast food/drive-thru chains that have become a part of the Amer...

  • Bookworm

    Another book that looks at the history of fast food in the US and how it's intertwined with US history. He starts back with White Castle and looks with various fast food franchises to the plea for fre...

  • Rory

    If Adam Chandler had gotten out of his own way and let his obvious research take hold of Drive-Thru Dreams, it would have made for a far more interesting examination of an important part of American s...

  • Yarslov

    My very first thought when laying eyes on the cover was:"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri. This book was going to be a road trip across America and only stopping at Fast Food.Essentially it...

  • Carin

    So is everyone eating only drive-through and take-out right now? Good. Is the world outside making you crave comfort food? Me too. Isn't the Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Wendy's the best fast food item...

  • David

    Want a "bite-sized" look at the history of the fast food industry? This is your book! Want more bad food puns? Keep reading this review! The book started with White Castle (who knew!) and explored the...

  • Patrick Pilz

    In Germany, a book with a net content of about 160 pages is called a magazine.But dispite this fact, this is a hilarious story of the fast food in america. It intertwines well with the history of food...

  • Penny Cipolone

    Not great literature but a fun read. Deals with some sections of the fast food industry that are not often mentioned such as adjustments for outside the US, hiring of senior citizens, function as a ga...

  • Chase

    "Drive-Thru Dreams" was an interesting book to read. This history of fast food is definitely a rich story. This book has a great hook comparing the rise of fast food against America's changing culture...