The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's foodwas seasonal,regional, and traditional- from the lost WPA files

The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food- before the national highway system, before chainrestaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's foodwas seasonal,regional, and traditional- from the lost WPA files

by Mark Kurlansky

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ISBN-13: 9781594484575
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 592,391
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

New York, NY

Date of Birth:

December 7, 1948

Place of Birth:

Hartford, CT

Education:

Butler University, B.A. in Theater, 1970

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"Vivid and playful dispatches from pre-interstate, pre-fast-food America, when food was local and cuisine regional.... Fun, illuminating, and provocative." —-Booklist

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The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food--before the national highway system, beforechain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
hikatie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's a pleasure this exists, but the sections vary widely due to the nature of the book - these are essays, notes, and recipes compiled from professional writers & interviewers and much more amateur personnel. But if you're interested in the WPA/FWP, American history, food, or funny songs about Nebraskans eating wieners, you can't really go wrong here.
pbadeer on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was disappointed to learn that Kurlansky was only an editor of this book. While his powerful and exceptional writing style bursts forth in the introduction and within some of the connecting pieces within each section, the bulk of this title is actually a collection of essays, poems and lists from the last efforts of the Writers¿ Project within the WPA. Kurlansky does a good job explaining why whole sections are missing (being from Chicago, I was rather dismayed that nothing was ever written about the dining habits of the Windy City), but the works which are included run the gamut from interesting to pointless. Worthy of a heavy skim, particularly if interested in particular parts of the country, but overall, not a recommended read.
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