The Food of a Younger Land
A Portrait of American Food Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
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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.
Mark Kurlansky is the "New York Times" bestselling and James A. Beard Award winning author of "1968: The Year That Rocked the World" and "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World".