chapter  14
20 Pages

Crossroads: Which Way Will You Turn on the Road to Lean?

ByMike Rother

At the Ranchero Restaurant in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the lunchtime rush is in full swing. Plates loaded with "ranchribs" and fried vegetables slide over the counter as the bell on the entrance door jingles with patrons coming and going. Somewhere a television is on, but what you hear is the sound of lots of conversation.