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Recommended by Chef José Andrés on The Drew Barrymore Show!
A portrait of American food--before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional--from the lost WPA files.
From the New York Times bestselling author who powerfully demonstrates the defining role food plays in history and culture (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
In the throes of the Great Depression, a make-work initiative for authors-called America Eats-was created by the WPA to chronicle the eating habits, traditions, and struggles of local Americans. Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt and Cod, unearths this forgotten literary treasure, chronicling a bygone era when Americans had never heard of fast food or grocery superstores. Kurlansky brings together the WPA contributions-featuring New York automats and Georgia Coca-Cola parties, Maine lobsters and Montana beaver tails-and brilliantly showcases them with authentic recipes, anecdotes, and photographs.
- 451 pages
- Riverhead Books (4/6/10)
- 5 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches