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.