On the Road with the WPA - the Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chitlin Feasts That Define
By Pat Willard
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781596916234, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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“Not unlike going out with good friends or long-lost relatives for a taste of country life.”—Christian Science MonitorPat Willard takes readers on a journey into the regional nooks and crannies of American cuisine, where WPA writers were dispatched in 1935 to document the roots of our diverse culinary culture.
Pat Willard is the author of Pie Every Day, A Soothing Broth, and Secrets of Saffron, which was nominated for an IACP award for the best literary cookbook. She’s written for Bon Appetit, Ladies’ Home Journal, American Heritage, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Brooklyn.
“Wonderful descriptions and vignettes of American group eating written by members of the Federal Writers’ Project…To this, the author has added her own thoughtful accounts as she travels across the land to discover present incarnations of those earlier feasts.”—Boston Globe“The spirit of camaraderie, and the determination to not let penury rob everyday existence of the companionable joys of food, are moving and instructive 70 years on.”—Atlantic Monthly “[Willard’s] lovingly researched book, a tribute to regional cooking, is startling, funny and lip-smackingly good.”—More