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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 10:02 p.m. PST

… with a guy who sorted through them.

"Adam Chandler has a problem with the way much of the media covers fast food. "I grew up in Texas, in Houston. Even to this day, eating fast food is not controversial or polarizing there," he tells The Takeout. "It's just… that's the way people eat."

He didn't see that appreciation or even that normality in many stories about drive-thrus and value meals, which he finds are generally sneered at from a "classist and elitist posture." So he set out to write his book from a place of appreciation, curiosity, even affection. But his recently released Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom isn't all sunshine, rainbows, and Frostys. With a sociologist's eye, the former Atlantic reporter picks apart how America's cultural shifts—the post-war economic boom, growing gender equality, changing race relations—shape fast food. After reading the book, I not only walked away with more fast-food trivia than my friends can stand, but a deeper understanding of why American society looks at a vat of fry grease and sees itself reflected back…"
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