Across Maine, iconic diners come in different shapes and sizes. From the fluffy pancakes as big as a plate to piles of perfectly crisped corned beef hash, these beloved spots have served classic comfort food to generations of hungry patrons. For more than ninety years, Moody's Diner in Waldoboro has offered famous homemade pies to regulars and visitors alike. From the Lumberjack Breakfast at the Palace Diner in Biddeford to the steak and cheese omelet at the Deluxe Diner in Rumford, author Sarah Walker Caron reveals the stories and recipes behind the state's most iconic community eateries.
About the Author
Sarah Walker Caron is an award-winning food writer, columnist and author based in Maine. She's been writing about food since before Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram existed. The author of five books, including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, Sarah believes that good food is for everyone and that anyone can learn to make it. But as much as she loves cooking, she also adores restaurants too--particularly ones where she can find a good plate of corned beef hash and lovely fluffy pancakes. By day, she's the senior editor (features) for the Bangor Daily News, as well as the editor of Bangor Metro and hellohomestead.com. She writes the "In Season Now" column for Bangor Metro magazine and formerly wrote "Maine Course," a weekly food column for the Bangor Daily News. By night, she's the blogger voice behind Sarah's Cucina Bella (www.sarahscucinabella.com), a thirteen-year-old food blog focusing on quick and easy from-scratch recipes for busy people, as well as food travel and good books. She also teaches journalism at the University of Maine and blogging at Husson University. She lives in the Bangor area with her two kids and her friendly black cat named Bippity.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Cultural Significance of Diners 17
1 The Early Days 23
2 Mid-Century Diners 42
3 Modern Diners 66
4 More Noteworthy Diners 87
5 A Partial Timeline of Maine Diner History 96
6 Dining Car Companies 100
7 Diner Cooking at Home 104
Appendix. Maine Diner Trivia 121
Recommended Reading 123
About the Author 127