"This is an A1 book! It captures the food, the people, the history, and what has made this Worcester streamliner click for sixty years. Read this for the anecdotes, but keep it for the recipes."
—Richard J. S. Gutman, author of American Diner Then and Now and The Worcester Lunch Car Company
"No journey through Central Maine would be quite right without a stop at A1 Diner. At the A1, Mike and Neil have not only preserved the traditions of the Great American Diner—they have subtly moved it forward with new twists on old favorites. A1 Diner: Real Food, Recipes, and Recollections gives us great, simple recipes as well as stories of the traditions that have made the diner part of what is quintessential Maine."
—Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, chefs/owners, Arrows Restaurant and MC Perkins Cove
"This is a book about America—how we have changed and how we are the same. The stories of the people who have kept this diner alive and made it flourish are as delicious and nourishing as the food. This is a singular and significant book that warms my heart and gives me faith in small-town America."
—Jacquelyn Buchanan, Director of Culinary Development, Laura Chenel's Chevre
In 1946 Worcester Diner #790 arrived by truck and was installed at 3 Bridge Street in Gardiner, Maine. Under the name of Heald's Diner, it served employees of Gardiner's mills and factories with an emphasis on ample portions served quickly. The diner is still at 3 Bridge Street, still a marvel of efficiency and art moderne design, still a local gathering place, still serving the same warm, flaky biscuits. But under the ownership of Mike Giberson and Neil Anderson since 1988, the little A1 Diner (as it is now known) draws customers (and restaurant reviews) from far and wide with its wonderfully eclectic menu (you can order Bouillabaisse or meatloaf), its emphasis on fresh, local food, and its upscale deli and specialty food store next door, A1 To Go. This is a small business success story, filled with characters from either side of the counter, packed with recipes and kitchen notes, enjoyable down to the last bite.
Sarah Rolph is a professional writer with an uncanny sense for a good story. In addition to writing about food and travel, she helps technology companies tell their stories to the marketplace. An avid home cook, Sarah is an ardent believer in the importance of home cooking for health and happiness. She lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts. For more about Sarah: www.sarahrolph.com
Jeff Giberson is an amateur photographer with a professional eye and an artistic sensibility. He has been creating images for enjoyment since he was a kid with his first Brownie camera. Jeff lives in Gardiner, Maine, and works at A1 Diner.
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