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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 15, 2011 - History - 320 pages
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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 With the unpublished WPA manuscript as her guide, Willard visits the sites of American foods past glory to explore whether American traditional cuisine is still as healthy and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.
 

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User Review  - SpongeBobFishpants - LibraryThing

For all my excitement about getting this book, and there was a lot, I simply could never get myself all the way through it as evidenced by my VERY late review. Try as I might I couldn't do it. It may ... Read full review

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User Review  - amy1705 - LibraryThing

This was a good book that gave some of the history of social eating in America during the early part of the 20th century. The author went on several road trips to discover if this type of gathering ... Read full review

Contents

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

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