Union Pacific Dining Car Cook Book and Service Instructions, post-1955
242 pages, 6″x9″ spiral bound softcover
The Union Pacific Railroad’s dining cars were renowned for their service and food quality. The UP’s well-trained chefs and waiters provided some of the world’s finest cuisine while rolling along the eastern seaboard’s steel highways. The procedures and, more importantly, the recipes used to provide that service were compiled into a single volume for the staff’s reference and guidance on board the train.
This exact reprint of the UP’s Dining Car Cook Book and Service Instructions dates from circa 1955, after the Milwaukee Road began handling UP trains between Chicago and Omaha. It is reproduced from an original copy in The Garbely Publishing Company’s collection, which includes updates through the end of UP passenger service in 1971. From uniquely exotic 1950s recipes to those that are familiar to the modern reader, this book contains hundreds of recipes that were originally prepared aboard a UP dining car, including sauces, salads, sandwiches, entrees, sides, and desserts.
Simplicity was key aboard a rolling kitchen with limited space and ingredients, and the UP’s signature dishes were designed to provide the flavor of a five-star restaurant with limited expense, time, and effort – all traits that translate well to home cooking! With many of the recipes written for cooking in bulk for a train full of passengers, this book also makes the perfect companion to any event from an upscale dinner party to a backyard barbecue. This historic book is a must-have for both the avid culinary historian and the casual railroad enthusiast.