Plates and Dishes: The Food and Faces of the Roadside Diner by Stephan Schacher is a delightful photographic journey through diners of North America. Schacher embarked on a road trip that enabled him to introduce us to Carol who has a great smile and gives us the finger, and to Alexa who flashes the peace sign instead. The format is as straightforward as the food: one page for the meal, the next for the waitress who served it up. There are a lot of steak’n’egg combos and potatoes in every form, set against backgrounds of Formica and Elvis memorabilia. Appetizing? Hmm, not exactly, but ya get what ya get. Actually, this a terrific book for devotees of the road trip and the mystique of the Route 66.
Paperback, 160 pages, Princeton Arch 2005, $11.02 at Amazon.