The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky
A Portrait of American Food--Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When the Nation's Food Was Seasonal

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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.


 

About Mark Kurlansky

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Mark Kurlansky is an award-winning and bestselling author. His most recent book is 1968: The Year That Rocked the World.
 
Published April 21, 2009 by Riverhead. 428 pages
Genres: History, Cooking. Non-fiction

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In the Depression, the Federal Writers’ Project ate its way across America, from Georgia possum to Northwest geoducks.

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“The interstate highway system had not yet been built, and Americans traveled through dark colored cars with standard transmission, split windshields, and simple dashboards with radios that worked on occasion and clocks that never kept time.” To write The Food of a Younger Land, Kurlansky track...

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Mark Kurlansky’s The Food of a Younger Land, a collection of anecdotes, essays, recipes, and food lore gathered in the late 1930s and early ’40s by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writers’ Project, reminds us that what we eat and how we fix it is the bread and butter of the people’s h...

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But let me back up a bit…Mark Kurlansky, who writes about food and history, dug up the unpublished WPA project on regional American food, dusted it off, selected a variety of the original essays, now published in The Food of a Younger Land.

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Creative Loafing

Mark Kurlansky has a knack for making unusual food writing, such as a global history of salt or a comprehensive biography of cod fish, breeze along at the pace of a best seller.

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