The Diner Porn USA Kickstarter campaign is funded!

Thank you to all of our backers for your tremendous support.

Diner what? Diner Porn!

Diner what? Diner Porn!

Hi. We’re Tom Smith and Alecia Eberhardt, and we run Diner Porn, an internationally recognized blog that documents the American diner experience through photography and written vignettes. For nearly two years, we’ve been visiting diners throughout New York and New Jersey to capture mouthwatering food, hot coffee, vintage décor, chrome buildings, and, most importantly, people and communities. Now, we want to turn Diner Porn into a book.

We want to record America's diners in print. We hope you'll be a part of it.

We want to record America's diners in print. We hope you'll be a part of it.

Why diners?

Why diners?

Diners hold a special place in American culture. They are both universal and unique—though diners, as classic American “icons,” have certain standards and commonalities, each individual place has its own vibe, a real reflection of the surrounding community. Diners are democratic, welcoming all walks of life, from the neighborhood regulars to the truck-stop transients, to stop in and share their stories. We believe preserving and celebrating this culture is essential in a world run by corporate chains.

In a way, diners feel like home to us, and we tried to communicate that through the blog. When we began posting our work, we were pleasantly surprised to discover others shared our love for 24-hour greasy spoons. It turns out diners are “home” for thousands of others across America, and that's perhaps why this project has struck a chord with so many people—in every cup of coffee, stack of pancakes, or ice cream sundae, readers can find a bit of themselves.

Like a train station or a bar, diners are a crossroads, a space of genuine human connection, fueled by coffee and all-day breakfast.

Like a train station or a bar, diners are a crossroads, a space of genuine human connection, fueled by coffee and all-day breakfast.

What will the project look like?

What will the project look like?

So far, we’ve been limited by our (non-existent) budget to diners nearby our upstate New York headquarters. But we know there are so many more gems out there—and now we’ve made it our mission to find and record them. If the project is funded, we’ll be taking a road trip to visit diners across the eastern half of the United States. What we discover will be featured on our blog through photo essays and written vignettes, with, as always, a focus on the stories.

Then—the pièce de résistance—we’ll take everything and turn it into a high quality, full-color book, with beautiful photos and exclusive content. Every donation of $30 or more will take home a signed copy of the book!

We’ll capture what makes each diner unique and important, whether that be a signature dish, a friendly waitress, or a witty group of regulars.

We’ll capture what makes each diner unique and important, whether that be a signature dish, a friendly waitress, or a witty group of regulars.

Okay, how can I get in on the action?

Okay, how can I get in on the action?

The trip and the book production and printing will cost $6,500 (see our Kickstarter page for the entire budget breakdown). The best way to help us is to make a pledge. We appreciate every donation, and no matter what you give—$1 or $500—you’ll be acknowledged in the final project. We have some really fun rewards, too! If you donate $30 or more, you’ll take home a signed copy of the official Diner Porn book, but you can also receive postcards, Polaroids, prints, posters, official Diner Porn swag, or a slice of pie with the project’s creators—us!

We’d also love it if you would share the project with your network in whatever way you like. Use the hashtag #dinerpornusa to join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram, reblog us on Tumblr, post links to Facebook, send an e-mail to your grandmother, tell your friends at school. If you love Diner Porn, help us get the word out!

We want to record America’s favorite diners, celebrating them as the artistic and cultural icons that they truly are. We’re ready—we just need your help.

Our Kickstarter camapaign was successfully funded! The Diner Porn book will be published in 2015.

Our Kickstarter camapaign was successfully funded! The Diner&Porn book will be published in the summer of 2015.