This is really a great book. I've read seven books about Route 66 for an upcoming trip of the full length of the route. I almost passed this one up - a cookbook? But in this book, you'll find stories, pictures and information not found in any of the other books. Pictures of places, old penny postcards (front and back), menus, placemats, road signs, advertizing, coasters, hand fans, drawings, roadmaps, and even a business card. See tables with Formica tops, oilcloth tablecloths, chromed legged chairs, and linoleum floors. Stories about restaurants, roadhouses, cafés, hotels, drive-ins, and diners, including really great stories about their owners and customers, both local characters and the famous including Elvis (who left without ordering when he didn't find any of his records in the Juke box), Tom Mix, Bonnie and Clyde, Belle Star, Pretty Boy Floyd, Mickey Mantle, John Dillinger, and even some vagrants who stole clothes off of owner's clotheslines. And a great nostalgic Forward by Michael Wallis is almost worth the price of the book alone.
As for recipes, there are lots of them from Route 66 eateries, both open and long closed (but the owners still around), but the recipes only make up maybe less than one third of the book. They include everything you can think of, including Oatmeal Cake, Cherry Cream Pie, Pickled Okra, Route 66 Rolls, Oklahoma Pecan Pie and Texas Caviar. And just about all of them with simple ingredients. If you're into books about Route 66, include this one.