Authentic Cafeteria Cookbooks/Recipes
Maybe this post should have been placed in the professional's forum, but what I've been looking for is a source of cookbooks that feature the mainstay recipes of now defunct cafeterias. Luby's doesn't really qualify as their recipes are not typical of the fare found in many long, gone cafeterias that dominated the south as transplants from the NY area. Years ago, the cafeteria offerings were so homologous that no matter which you went to, the food was nearly identical around here. We had, to name a few, Parke Lane,Toby's,Tyler's, Forum,David's,Polly Davis,Biscayne. I'm sure that I missed as many as I listed. One thing that they had in common was a near identical menu and flavor palette. Most all had original roots in NY or were spin-offs of the original Miami restaurants. You can't help but wonder if they were working from the same playbook. What I'm hoping to find even if it's out of print is an industrial cookbook that offers recipes for steam table pan sized recipes and not home scaled recipes. Any thoughts or leads. School cafeteria websites and recipes don't even come close to this style of fare
Any suggestions are welcome.