The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

This book is about an I qoute ” A protrait of Amercican Food-before the national highway system, before chain restaurants and before frozen food, when the nations food was seasonal, regional and traditional from the lost WPA files”

This book is an amazing read, even if you are not as crazy about food and recipes as I am, if you have any interest in history of how peaple feed themselves when it was truly regional and seasonal, this book is choke full of amazing information.

The base of it is the WPA files, and this was called the Works Progress Administration or for short the WPA. It was charged with finding work for millions of unemployed Americans in the late 1930’s. It sought work in every imaginable field. For unemployed writers, it created the federal writers project, which was charged with concieving books, and assigning them to different writers, editors and publishing houses.

They came up with the idea of a book about the varied food and eating traditions throughtout America, an examination of what and how Americans ate. She wanted the book to cover local food disagreements on how to make this the “proper” way, to capture now nearly forgotten food traditions.. Kellock called the project America Eats.

The book itself is a collection of the turning ins of dozens of these hired writers from across the country, covering a vast area of local food knowledge and recipes from each of the different states and area’s.

This book gets a five stars and I would highly recommend it, but be aware that you will most likely finding yourself reading it again and again.. as there is so much information that I don’t believe it likely that anyone could grasp it all in the first or third sitting!

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1 Response to The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

  1. Lynn says:

    I just ordered this book, based on your write up. Looks to be an interesting book to read and/or refer to! Thanks for recommending this one — we sure do love to read and study ‘the olden days’, don’t we?

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