El Dorado Freddy's: Chain Restaurants in Poems and Photographs (Paperback)
I haven’t read anything like El Dorado Freddy’s before. This poetry collection provides so much; a commentary on fast food and consumer culture, a snapshot into life in the American Midwest, a story about a soon-to-be father, and enough hilarious lines to keep you laughing the entire way through. This is my current frontrunner for my favorite book of the year and I’d recommend it even to people who don’t have a passion for poetry. This makes a great coffee table book, and often turns into one you just can’t put down.— Christopher
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.