Appetite for America

Appetite for America

How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built A Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West

Book - 2010
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The story of entrepreneur Fred Harvey, who built his business from a single lunch counter into a family empire that stretched across the West along the burgeoning railroads
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780553383485
Branch Call Number: 647.95092 F9127a 2010
Characteristics: xix, 518 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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This biography of Fred Harvey and his company is a very good read. Harvey changed the culture of restaurants that catered to train travelers through his attention to food and service in what he called a “Harvey Worthy” environment. That environment included using the finest European linens, cutle... Read More »

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JCLJoyceM Feb 06, 2017

Stephen Fried looks at everything Fred Harvey, nearly a thousand books, academic papers and Fred’s own datebooks. It is an exhaustive study of how Harvey established his standards for food and staff.
It is amazing to read how Harvey’s dining houses catered entirely to the train traffic. In 1916, Emily Post – before her career as etiquette queen – describes the pain of watching her waitress scurry to assist the train passengers. When the Harvey Girl returned, she informed Post that the broiled chicken she had craved, and was now famished for, had been served to the train diners and she would have to wait for more to be cooked.
This book contains a good amount of Kansas City history, including Union Station and early aviation. You also get considerable details about Leavenworth and other Kansas communities where Fred Harvey had eating houses.

Oct 25, 2010

Great book with lots of information about the Fred Harvey company, railroads, and the beginning of tourism. The family lived in Leavenworth & Kansas City so there are a lot of local connections.


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