With all the food and restaurant references in Les Kerr's music, it is only natural that he would co-write a cookbook, especially one full of colorful recipes, characters and places. The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook includes recipes from trucks stops all over the United States. You'll find Zydeco Stuffed Bread from the Frog City Truck Stop in Louisiana, Dixie Chili from the Dixie Truckers Home in Illinois, and Loretta's Homemade Biscuits from Loretta Lynn's Kitchen in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
And the stories in between the recipes will take you across America with a chuckle and a song. You'll learn about the days when truck drivers cooked pot roast by strapping it to engine blocks (drive three hours at 55 mph for well-done). Trucking movie memories will take you back to Smoky and The Bandit. Overnight radio announcers tell you about the calls they get from the road.
"It was a treat to interview one of my radio heroes, Charlie Douglas," Les said. "When I was growing up, I used to listen to his show on WWL AM from New Orleans. It was also great fun to visit with Dave Nemo, who still broadcasts nationwide every night.
"I also spent the day with Pat Deck, a waitress who's been at the same truck stop restaurant for thirty-one years. She had some tales to tell!"
The Route 66 Museum. The Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana (where live tigers are kept on site). The Detroiter Truck Stop. An essay on the late, great Red Hot Truck Stop by entertainer Marty Stuart. Joey Holiday, the country singer known as "The Trucker's Friend." They're all a part of this entertaining piece of Americana. You'll even find out about the trucking references on The Andy Griffith Show.
And the recipes feed six to sixty and more. So join Les, Ken and Jim for a hot cup of coffee and some good food in The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook.
"There are lists of trucker slang and trucker movies, an essay on Dave Dudley’s hit song ‘Six Days on the Road’ and a piece on dispatchers, among other fun reads." Debby Morse, San Francisco Examiner
"Our story about ‘The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook’ prompted a deluge of calls pleading, ‘Where, oh, where can we buy this book?’" Sami Rote Bergmann, Canton, Ohio Repository
"Get a handle on this cookbook, honey" The Tennessean, Nashville, TN
"A convoy of cooks contributed these and other recipes to a new cookbook, ‘The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook’ by Ken Beck, Jim Clark and Les Kerr… driving in about 200 recipes from some of the best eateries on the road. The book also has nostalgic photographs of early truck stops and words about memorable waitresses." Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL
"It might not help if you’re despairing of UK watering holes…but The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook celebrates not just American chow, but almost the entire US truck stop scene." Truck & Driver, Britain’s Best-Selling Truck Magazine
"Best Cooking Book: The All-American Truck Stop Cookbook" Erskine’s Best for 2002, Erskine Overnight National Radio Program
"The combination almost requires having two copies of the book - one for the coffee table, one for the kitchen." Lici Beveridge, Mississippi Press.