Stern Show Jan Hein Book Review

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  1. drewjube

    drewjube Well-Known Member

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    Short version: Amateurish effort, done on the cheap. Not worth $15.

    After all the build up to the publication of Jon Hein's "Fast Food Maniac", I placed a hold on the first one to come to the San Francisco Public Library and got my hands on a brand-new copy this week (sorry, Jon, for depriving you of some royalties).

    The Good:

    • Jon Hein has been married to the same woman for 25 years. If you're a glass half full type of person, this is welcome evidence he isn't a chomo; if you're a glass half empty sort, it may just mean he's under deep cover. He also calls her his "special sauce", and the "best In-N-Out on the planet".
    • Hein managed to cover a decent number of chains, 69, which as he notes channeling Ronnie Mund, "Everyone loves that number, plus, it leaves you wanting more."
    • Hein tried to cover as broad a geographical base as possible, so you can read about regional chains you may never have heard of, or had the chance to try.
    • He has a fairly decent list of "secret menu" items for some of the chains.
    • Wisely doesn't mention Jared Fogle at all in the section on Subway.
    The Bad:

    • Hein appears to have lifted most of the content from Wikipedia.
    • He has a number of "best of" lists, all of which are wack.
    • Because they read like Wikipedia entries, don't expect a lot of detail or information you didn't already know about the chains. He leaves out some odd stuff, like the Christian symbolism beloved by In-N-Out, that might have been interesting tidbits.
    • His list of "specialty items" tends toward the bizarre and useless, unless you didn't know that iced coffee was a specialty item at Starbucks, or 2 tacos are a specialty item at Jack in the Crack.
    • To pad out the Wikipedia content, Hein occasionally throws out a family anecdote or remembrance -- unless you're a Jon Hein fan, these mostly come across as "WTF" or "WGAF" moments and make you wonder why you paid $15.
    The Ugly:

    • The photos in the book are all black and white and very poorly reproduced.
    • Not counting the front cover, Hein's picture appears in the book no fewer than 15 times, making a book about food somewhat unappetizing.
    Bonus Point:

    • Hein gives a shout out to Marci Turk.
     
  2. ljc

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    :facepalm:

    stop trying to be funny hein.
     
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    Howard thinks the book is a homerun
     
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    Fuck Jan Hein. He's a douche and apparently low on quality control. Dick face.
     
  7. Swedish John

    Swedish John I'm your huckleberry

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    We can only hope that Mad Cow disease strikes the McDonalds near Heins home in Long Island.
     
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    how long awas the BTK killer (dennis rader) married?! longer than that! gary ridgeway , the green river killer was married 30+ years too! john wayne gacy..etcc
     
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    :wtf:
     
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    Point well taken
     
  11. Mark Mayonnaise

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    Seriously who the fuck is Jan Hein
     
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    >>>

     
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    Swedish John I'm your huckleberry

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    What are your thoughts on Jon Hein? Being serious here.
     
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    :dontknow: Don't really have many. I like when he talks about fast food but I don't really have much to say about him. I think the people here who have this violent anger toward him are in dire need of friends.
     
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    Swedish John I'm your huckleberry

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    Being a fan of the show you must have some sort of feeling there. Don't try to be Switzerland. Have an opinion. What is your opinion of Jon Hein?
     
  17. Mark Mayonnaise

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    Why would I have an opinion? He's like Beth, I don't know them in person and neither affects my life in any way. He's all right I guess, sure
     
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    Swedish John I'm your huckleberry

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    Forever the impartial observer.
     
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    :jj: I have more to worry about than placing some people from a radio show on some sort of chart that measures my hatred for them

    Do I think Jon Hein is God's gift to radio? No but I can't say he bothers me either. He's pretty harmless :dontknow:
     
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    Swedish John I'm your huckleberry

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    Thank you for your opinion.
     
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