A History of America Through Its Restaurants

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In this Wednesday, April 8, 2015 photo, customers walk into Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Lake George, N.Y. The HoJo’s on the main strip of the Adirondack Mountain resort town of Lake George.

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In his new book Ten Restaurants That Changed America, Paul Freedman selects the restaurants that have influenced the U.S. – starting in the 1830s when the first restaurant in the U.S. was opened. Freedman describes how our changing eating habits reflect larger social changes like immigration, middle-class car ownership, and the evolving status of women.