America Eats!: On the Road with the WPA - the Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chittlin' Feasts That Define Real American Food

Front Cover
Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 15, 2011 - History - 320 pages
0 Reviews
Pat Willard takes readers on a journey into the regional nooks and crannies of American cuisine where WPA writers-including Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, and Nelson Algren, among countless others-were dispatched in 1935 to document the roots of our diverse culinary cuisine. America Eats!, as the project was entitled, was never published. With the unpublished WPA manuscript as her guide, Willard visits the sites of American foods past glory to explore whether American traditional cuisine is still as healthy and vibrant today as it was then.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


A Note on the Manuscript
The BigHearted FeastFundRaising Dinners
The Harvest QueenAgricultural Fairs
The Wild ShoresThe Northwest
The Groveling SeasonPolitical Gatherings
Candidates Barbecue

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Pat Willard is the author of Pie Every Day, A Soothing Broth, and Secrets of Saffron, which was nominated for an IACP award for the Best Literary Cookbook. She's written for Bon Appetit, Ladies Home Journal, American Heritage, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Brooklyn.

Bibliographic information