Fresh from a public humiliation and in search of his true calling, former college football star Jack Marshall enlists as bartender and steward aboard Horace Button's vintage private railroad car, the Pioneer Mother, which is transporting the legendary food writer and social critic across the country in opulent style.
Decked out in a white jacket, mixing perfect cocktails, Jack is immersed in a style of living -- and dining -- he'd assumed was extinct. While striving to appease the eccentric, finicky Horace, and Wanda, the Pioneer Mother's enigmatic chef, Jack falls under the spell of Giselle Lebeau, a gorgeous celebrity chef whose designs on him test his self-control amd his loyalty.
But when tragedy rocks Horace's insulated white-linen world, Jack must take charge of a simmering stew of quirky yet powerful personalities -- all while staying in Wanda's good graces and keeping an eye on their newest passenger.~Goodreads Blurb
There has always been this allure and romance associated with passenger trains for me. I don’t know if it’s simply because of my love of old Victorian and Western stories. I love the sense of adventure that trains seem to hold, all these people with a place to go, or perhaps no place to go. It was with this mindset that I started “The Dining Car.” Though author Eric W. Peterson could easily have made it a average Joe versus the upper class sort of story, he thankfully held back from that trope. Instead we are treated to an almost lovingly described menu of food and drinks and the sheer debauchery of this once notable journalist. The narrator, a former-football player who rarely talks about football, gives a view into Horace Button’s, our journalist, life. In a refreshing viewpoint, instead of despising this lush of a man, the readers are instead lead to feel sorry and to pity this man who has outlived his time. In an ever advancing world, Button is being left behind by choice as he clings to the days of old. Instead of being annoyed at his chosen seclusion I couldn’t help but feel for a man who enjoys the pleasures of life, even as he becomes a relic. Our narrator on the other hand, didn’t leave me with any strong emotions. He simply seemed to be pointing the camera instead of taking real point in the story. I would recommend this book for people who enjoy train stories and want to take a look within a private Pullman Car.
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