The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food from the lost WPA files

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A portrait of American food--before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional--from the lost WPA files.


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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Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. He lives in New York City.

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Prepare yourself to learn that mountain oysters aren't seafood and that nobody likes lutefisk the first time they try it. This audio documentary about the American cuisine enjoyed during the Great Depression comes from the author's research into manuscripts written under Roosevelt's WPA, the Works Project Administration. Narrator Stephen Hoye reads hundreds of recipes, making them more palatable with his nuanced pronunciation of ingredients and lively renditions of cooks describing their preparation of traditional meals. He imitates the African-American speech of the Old South so well that he must occasionally translate his own words into contemporary English. There's no traditional story, just colors, smells, and flavors transmitted through audio. Listeners can be assured they'll be hungry during most of the delicious feasts described. J.A.H. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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