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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacy Perman Narrator: Loren Lester Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9780061958564
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“This book grills up an enjoyable read for both avid foodies and novice diners alike! Perman’s sneak peek into the fascinating history of In-N-Out is as good as the delicious burgers themselves.”

—Mario Batali, celebrity chef and author of Molto Italiano

A behind-the-counter look at the fast-food chain that breaks all the rules, Stacy Perman’s In-N-Out Burger is the New York Times bestselling inside story of the family behind the California-based hamburger chain with a cult following large enough to rival the Grateful Dead’s. A juicy unauthorized history of a small business-turned-big business titan, In-N-Out Burger was named one of Fast Company magazine’s Best Business Books of 2009, and  Fortune Small Business insists that it “should be required reading for family business owners, alongside Rich Cohen’s Sweet and Low and Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] entertaining corporate history…Perman’s reporting is considerable.”

    Time

  • “Perman’s illuminating new book, In-N-Out Burger, is an absorbing case study of how a family business came to be at the center of its own cheerful cult…Should be required reading for family business owners, alongside Rich Cohen’s Sweet and Low and Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks.”

    Fortune Small Business

  • “At last, the great American small-business story gets told. It is a reassuring read in uncertain times, reminding business owners to listen to customers, do what you love, and have fun while you do it.”

    Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group

  • “When fast-food restaurants tried to locate in Fisherman’s Wharf, our local merchants were opposed to every one of them—except In-N-Out. Because every meal is fresh and made from scratch, In-N-Out is in a class by itself.”

    Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco

  • “This book grills up an enjoyable read for both avid foodies and novice diners alike! Perman’s sneak peek into the fascinating history of In-N-Out is as good as the delicious burgers themselves, and that’s saying a lot.”

    Mario Batali, chef and author of Molto Italiano

  • “Here is a fast-paced, top-down ride through the tumultuous history of how one family and the business they fought to control turned the simple hamburger into the culinary symbol of a century and one fast-food restaurant into a legend, revered by Hollywood starlets, America’s greatest chefs, and generations of ordinary folks. Told with the same fresh approach that has turned In-N-Out Burger into an American institution, Perman keeps us wanting more.”

    Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of The Widow Cliquot

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon.com Top 10 Book of 2009: Food Lit

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/18/2014

    " If you love In-n-Out, this book will reinforce that love. I don't feel guilty about eating there--or at least I won't for a few more years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/12/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed the 1st half of this book, but was a bit depressed on reading the last part. This is a great book for anyone who knows In-N-Out burgers. It's fun to read the story behind how it all got started. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugene | 2/12/2014

    " Love to eat at In-N-Out. It's rated the best fast food, above McDonalds and all the others. The book is just as good as the food. The story of the family that started and grew In-N-Out Burger is a fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/6/2014

    " This a nice overview of the creation of the chain that is Southern Californian to the core. The author has tried to be as balanced as possible using what information is available on the very private family that is behind the chain. It helps a fan of the In N Out chain to understand the politics that went on behind the scene with the family and as the family died off leaving the young reluctant heiress behind to roll the dice on the family future. One hopes that she reads this book with an objective eye to understand where her family's heart lay and continue a long time tradition for another generation or six to enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peterbiro | 2/4/2014

    " More a tale of lost opportunity than a tale of success, in my view. These guys could have changed the world but instead spent their focus squabbling over the "Empire". I was pretty blown away by her breathless and ironic excitement about how expensive the owners' London hotel suites were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zack | 2/1/2014

    " Fast food doesn't need to be the way it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerstin | 1/26/2014

    " This is a very interesting tale about a family-owned company that's iconic in California. I couldn't help but crave a burger the whole time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 12/31/2013

    " This book repeats the same ideas over and over. But the information presented was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandie | 11/16/2013

    " It was awesome. So interesting. Who doesn't love In-N-Out? It was fun to find out more information about one of our favorite restaurants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 11/11/2013

    " A California icon. A great burger. A feuding family. A secret menu. It's all here--a most interesting business model. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Osamah | 10/21/2013

    " A quick read but not very well written, and lots of repetition. Felt like an extended magazine article at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/9/2013

    " This was actually a good book full of neat info you didn't know about in n out burger. I have always been a huge fan and I am even more so now...Warning, it does make you crave a good in n out burger!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 2/14/2013

    " Snore. But it did make me hungry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabelle | 7/3/2012

    " I gave up on this book about 2/3 in - just couldn't muster up the inspiration to read the rest. Nice to know that the company is still family-owned though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BelindaJon | 6/8/2012

    " Loved this book. It gave me a lot of insight to my favorite establishment. I grew up in this area so it was a lot of fun to read about places that I am very familiar with. Course, the book also made me hungry for a cheeseburger :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Gibson | 2/1/2012

    " easy & interesting read if you're a fan of in-n-out or for anyone thinking about getting into the food business. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alfredo | 1/31/2012

    " Enjoyable...made me want to go out and order a double double with cheese :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 1/14/2012

    " Good insight about the business models of not only In-N-Out Burger, but the fast food industry in general. I also enjoyed reading about the history of a lot of places where I've lived/visited in Southern California. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jcrane1095 Crane | 9/28/2011

    " Interesting read of how In-N-Out Burger grew as California was changing around it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 8/31/2011

    " Pretty engrossing tale of the tradition-minded chain barely navigating the rock shoals of a generational transfer made all the more risky by unexpected death, drug addiction, and litigous in-fighting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 4/2/2011

    " Snore. But it did make me hungry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/18/2011

    " easy & interesting read if you're a fan of in-n-out or for anyone thinking about getting into the food business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 3/12/2011

    " This is a really interesting history of In-N-Out as well as Southern California and the evolution of the fast-food industry. Now that I've finished the book, I'm going straight to In-N-Out for a burger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerstin | 1/15/2011

    " This is a very interesting tale about a family-owned company that's iconic in California. I couldn't help but crave a burger the whole time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/3/2010

    " I know it is hard to write a history of a company when two generations of the family have died but it was pretty clear that the author just did a Lexis-Nexis search to write many chapters of the book. The story itself is somewhat interesting but it is not a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karel | 11/26/2010

    " Really enjoyed the book but it really made me miss In 'n Out Burgers a lot! "

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About the Author

Stacy Perman is an award-winning journalist and author. A former writer and correspondent for BusinessWeek and Time, her work has appeared in Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Born in Los Angeles, she currently lives in New York.