El Dorado Freddy's

El Dorado Freddy's

El Dorado Freddy's may be the first book of fast food poetry. In "Olive Garden," "Culver's," "Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen," "Cracker Barrel," "Applebee's (after James Wright)" and other poems, Caine "reviews" chain restaurants, taking on topics such as parenting, the Midwest, politics, and chicken fingers along the way. Caine's funny, deceptively accomplished poems are paired with Tara Wray's color-drenched photos. The result is a literary yet goofy book about American food and identity, set in a Midwestern landscape where people eat at chain restaurants, even when they know better.

Title:El Dorado Freddy's
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781948742627
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    El Dorado Freddy's Reviews

  • Marilyn

    Some of the most beautiful poetry I've read in a long time, and all of them explorations on the memories and connections we make with some of the most impersonal places there are....

  • Lukie

    I bought this book directly from the author after I read his article about hosting Barbara Kingsolver at his bookstore for an author reading. It was charming and I share his adoration of her. When I g...

  • Bob

    I found this wonderful book online, browsing the virtual aisles of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas - a family favorite. The author/poet Danny Caine owns the bookstore and he teamed up with a ...

  • Allison

    I loved every page of this poetry and photography book. A common storyline was established early and kept a common thread throughout the poems. This is not just a book of poems about (critiques or mem...

  • Aaron Burch

    I liked this book of poems (and photos!) a lot. The best moments are Danny's ability to make you both nostalgic for your own fast food experiences, putting them in a light that makes them immediately ...

  • Michael Travis

    Live in Lawrence, KS and support Danny and the Raven Bookstore. Bought this book after the COVID shelter at home mandate was put in place...loved have it (with another book) delivered to my doorstep b...

  • Dan

    Warning - this book will make you hungry for quick service food. This is a fun exploration of midwestern casual dining, along with all the joy and strangeness that comes with being a first-time parent...

  • Ryan Acosta-Fox

    A fun and poignant way to revisit the things that matter in my Midwestern expat life: nostalgia and fast food. And Tara Wray's photography is beautiful!...

  • Gretchen

    Loved this collection and combination. While it was extremely on brand for me, I think both poet and photographer do an amazing job of finding the joyful in the mundane. ...

  • Will

    A wonderful collection of unexpectedly moving poems about parenthood, loss, and (of course) greasy fast food. Tara Wray's saturated, Eggleston-esque photos are the perfect condiment....