The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, & before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal by Mark Kurlansky

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  • ISBN 10 1594484570
  • ISBN 13 9781594484575
  • Published Apr 06 2010
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 480
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Imprint Riverhead Books,U.S.

Publishers Text

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.

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