Thursday, February 20, 2014
THE GREASY SPOON OF THE AMERICAN DINER
The diner, cornerstone of the american society, best known as the greasy spoon, is an american institution in itself. For hordes of americans it's where they have their sunday, or any other day of the week for that matter, breakfast (the american contribution to international cuisine). American breakfast consists mainly of either waffles or pancakes smothered in maple syrup, eggs any style, potatoes, toast and whatnot, the whole doused with truckloads of bad coffee (care for a refill?), it's fast, cheap and you get a years worth of cholesterol and calories in one serving.
Nighthawks at the diner, clockwise from top left; little girl and her dog sharing a soda at the diner by Robert Wagt, teenage flirt by Norman Rockwell, Martin Parr's photo of a Las Vegas power breakfast, corner booth in an American diner by William Eggleston, Rocker at the diner by American illustrator Miles Hyman, detail of Edward Hopper's nighthawks at the diner, the diner cornerstone of the american society by Miroslav Sasek and the master of the greasy spoon himself, the cook illustration by Erich Sokol.