Louis Hatchett – Author and Editor


Books By Louis Hatchett

Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food

By Louis Hatchett
Foreword by Jane and Michael Stern
354 Pages [Kindle Edition]

Duncan Hines (1880–1959) may be best known for the cake mixes, baked goods, and bread products that bear his name, but most people forget that he was a real person and not just a fictitious figure invented for the brand. America's pioneer restaurant critic, Hines discovered his passion while working as a traveling salesman during the 1920s and 1930s – a time when food standards were poorly enforced and safety was a constant concern. He traveled across America discovering restaurants and offering his recommendations to readers in his best-selling compilation Adventures in Good Eating (1935). The success of this work and of his subsequent publications led Hines to manufacture the extremely popular food products that we still enjoy today.

In Duncan Hines, author Louis Hatchett explores the story of the man, from his humble beginnings in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to his lucrative licensing deal with Proctor & Gamble. Following the successful debut of his restaurant guide, Hines published his first cookbook, Adventures in Good Cooking (1939), at the age of 59 and followed it with The Dessert Book (1955). These culinary classics included recipes from many of the establishments he visited on his travels, favorites handed down through his family for generations, and new dishes that contained unusual ingredients for the era. Many of the recipes served as inspiration for mixes that eventually became available under the Duncan Hines brand.

This authoritative biography is a comprehensive account of the life and legacy of a savvy businessman, American icon, and an often-overlooked culinary pioneer whose love of good food led to his name becoming a grocery shelf favorite. Hatchett offers insightful commentary into the man behind the cake mix boxes and how he paved the way for many others like him.


The Dessert Book by Duncan Hines

Edited by Louis Hatchett
Foreword by Jane and Michael Stern
338 Pages [Kindle Edition]

Kentucky native and national tastemaker Duncan Hines (1880--1959) published his first cookbook, Adventures in Good Cooking, in 1939 at the age of 59. This best-selling collection featured recipes from select restaurants across the country as well as crowd-pleasing family favorites, and it helped to raise the standard for home cooking in America. Following the success of this debut, Hines penned The Dessert Book in 1955. Filled with decadent treats, from homemade ice cream royale to fried apple pie to praline fudge frosting, this book inspired the recipes for the earliest boxed cake mixes and baked goods that carried the Duncan Hines name.

Featuring a new introduction by Hines biographer Louis Hatchett, this classic cookbook serves up a satisfying slice of twentieth-century Americana, direct from the kitchen of one of the nation's most trusted names in food. Now a new generation of cooks can enjoy and share these delectable dishes with family and friends.


Duncan Hines - Adventures in Good Cooking

Adventures in Good Cooking by Duncan Hines

Edited by Louis Hatchett
Foreword by Jane and Michael Stern
392 Pages [Kindle Edition]

Duncan Hines made countless restaurants famous. He began publishing an annual cookbook – Adventures in Good Cooking – that brought many of the recipes from these famed restaurants to the home kitchen. Prized and highly coveted by the few cooks today who still have copies, the book's recipes came from many of the restaurants that Duncan Hines recommended to millions. Also, included were recipes from Hines's family and friends who shared his quest for quality food. The University Press of Kentucky proudly revives this culinary classic as Adventures in Good Cooking.



Previous Books

The Dessert Book
Edited by Louis Hatchett
Foreword by Jane and Michael Stern

Also back in print is The Dessert Book. It too brings home the recipes Duncan Hines collected as he traveled to the best restaurants in the country. This book not only gives food historians a glimpse into the desserts served in restaurants from that time, it also affords modern cooks a chance to recreate delicious recipes from a time when taste mattered more than calories.


Duncan Hines: The Man Behind the Cake Mix
By Louis Hatchett

A biography of the quality food crusader who transformed the American restaurant and packaged food industries.


Adventures in Good Cooking and the Art of Carving in the Home by Duncan Hines
Edited by Louis Hatchett
Hardcover Book

From the late 1930's, Duncan Hines was known as America's first national food critic and his guidebooks pointed travelers to some of America's best restaurants. Along the way, Hines made countless restaurants famous and began publishing an annual cookbook that brought many of their recipes to the home kitchen. Now you can replicate many of these recipes in your home that were served in America's finest restaurants 75 years ago, some of which are rarely ever served in dinning establishments today.


Mencken's Americana
Edited by Louis Hatchett

H. L. Mencken's tart observations of the zanier side of American life. The funniest Mencken book to come out in years.


The Continuing Crisis: As Chronicled for Four Decades by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Edited by Louis Hatchett

A compilation of The American Spectator's hilarious monthly column, The Continuing Crisis, as chronicled for four decades by founder and editor-in-chief, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.


The Fred Astaire Discography
1905-1981

This reference book includes: a short biography; complete details of Astaire's vaudeville days and his stage shows [1905-1934]; radio performances [1930-1975]; television performances [1947-1985]; film performances [1933-1981]; Astaire's musicals on records [1933-1968]; his discography [1923-1975], and a song index, among other items.

W. K. McNeil and Louis Hatchett, The Fred Astaire Discography (Portland, Oregon: Metolius Music, 2000)
p. 203 . . . $25.00 -- email regehr@attbi.com

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The Fred Astaire Discography

The Al Jolson Discography

This reference book includes: a short biography; complete details of Jolson's vaudeville days and stage shows [1897-1941]; radio performances [1922-1950]; television performances [1929-1949]; film performances [1913-1950]; Jolson's musicals on records [1911-1949]; his discography [1911-1950], and a song index, among other items.
(Endorsed by the Jolson Society)

W. K. McNeil and Louis Hatchett, The Al Jolson Discography (Portland, Oregon: Metolius Music, 2000)
p. 263 . . . $29.95 -- email regehr@attbi.com

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The Al Jolson Discography

The Dick Powell Discography
November 14, 1904-January 2, 1963

This reference book includes: a short biography; complete details of Powell's radio performances [1934-1952]; television performances [1952-1963]; film performances [1931-1954]; Powell's musicals on records [1933-1954]; his discography [1927-1961], and a song index, among other items.

W. K. McNeil and Louis Hatchett, The Dick Powell Discography (Portland, Oregon: Metolius Music, 2000)
p. 123 . . . $20.00 -- email regehr@attbi.com

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The Dick Powell Discography

Stuff Smith Discography
This reference book includes: a short biography; a complete discography [1928-1967], and a song index.

OUT OF PRINT

W. K. McNeil and Louis Hatchett, The Stuff Smith Discography (Portland, Oregon:Metolius Music, 1999)
p. 73 . . . . $16.00 -- email regehr@attbi.com

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Stuff Smith

Biography

    Louis Hatchett was born in Evansville, Indiana on April 8, 1955. Educated at public and private schools in Kentucky and Tennessee. B.A., University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana. Masters, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. He lives in Henderson, Kentucky.

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