During the Great Depression, a make-work initiative for authors called “America Eats” was created to chronicle the eating habits, food traditions and struggles of everyday life. Never finished, edited or published at the time since funds were diverted to the war effort, America Eats had languished mainly as onionskin carbon copies in 5 boxes stored at the Library of Congress. Now unearthed after seventy years is a portrait of regional, seasonal and traditional American food – before coast-to-coast highways, chain restaurants and frozen food. Featuring a step back into history with authentic recipes and many anecdotes from this prewar era, this is a fascinating look at the role food plays in our history and culture.
Copyright 2009, softcover, 480 pages.