Fast Food Maniac

John Hein. Three Rivers, $15 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-553-41803-3
From the book’s first lines, Hein lays the premise of this book out clearly: “I am here to praise fast food, not to condemn it.” Those looking for foodie critiques or nutritional treatises had best look elsewhere, unless one considers Hein’s diehard love for McDonald’s and dislike for Burger King particularly groundbreaking. Hein is probably best known as a guest on the Howard Stern Show, so it comes as no surprise that his prose has a very conversational, inviting feel to it. Covering ubiquitous institutions (McDonald’s, Pizza Hut) and regional favorites (In-N-Out, Primanti Bros.) in one to three pages each, Hein provides a quick account of each restaurant’s history, menu, and claim to fame. In the final quarter of the book, Hein gives his top five of everything from hamburgers and fries to ice and straws. This is where he shows his true colors and gives diehard fast food fans a chance to agree or disagree while allowing less experienced eaters to take advantage of his expertise. To liven up the reader’s next stop for a meal, Hein also shares the ins and outs of the secret menus that some establishments employ. Photos. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/21/2015
Release date: 02/02/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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