Yes, that Duncan Hines biography was the first book I had written by myself. I had written four others previously with another person. Within the next eleven months, three other books were published. And I'll have others published before too long.
If you're interested in the Duncan Hines books (biography and Duncan Hines cookbooks), see my website, http://www.louishatchett.com
and click on the book that interests you. You'll be taken to the publisher's website where you can also see writing samples and recipes from the books as well as view additional information.
I think a historical interest in the restaurants that Americans have enjoyed in the past--that are still around--make our journeys along the road more interesting. Some may even want to seek out the restaurants that Duncan Hines sought out in the 1930s.
Many of the restaurants that Duncan Hines recommended from the 1930s through the 1950s are still around. Some are just as fabulous as the day he walked through their doors. Others have changed ownership so many times and/or suffered subsequent neglect that they are not even a ghost of their former incarnations. Still others have so gone to seed that it's not even safe to venture inside.
What's still around that's worth seeking out? I can name many restaurants, but one of his favorites was both a restaurant and an inn: The Lowell Inn in Stillwater, Minnesota, located just a few miles east of Minneapolis. You can view it at the link below and see why Hines was so charmed by it. http://www.lowellinn.com/
Another Hines recommended restaurant is one that the Sterns have included on this site: Stone's Restaurant in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Wrote Hines in his 1936 review of this restaurant in "Adventures in Good Eating": "Don't be dismayed by the obscure location--almost under a viaduct "down by the winegar woiks." One bite of "Queenie's" angel food pie--and you won't care where you're eating. The restaurant is unpretentious but for fifty years Stone's has been searched out by transients." In later editions of this famous self-published restaurant guidebook (which sold in the millions for over 25 years) Hines swooned over Stone's "mile-high lemon pie."
If you have a particular question concerning Hines relating to a certain state, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org