During the Great Depression, the WPA hired some of the country's best writers to collect regional recipes that reflected the true American way of eating. Decades later, these files sat unpublished in the Library of Congress. Kurlansky some of the best here, including an early piece by Zora Neale Hurston and a recipe for muskrat stew. —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books
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.