The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour through America's Food

The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour through America's Food

by Matthew Gavin Frank

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Overview

Finalist for the Art of Eating Prize

A richly illustrated culinary tour of the United States through fifty signature dishes, and a radical exploration of our gastronomic heritage.


Following his critically acclaimed Preparing the Ghost, renowned essayist Matthew Gavin Frank takes on America’s food. In a surprising style reminiscent of Maggie Nelson or Mark Doty, Frank examines a quintessential dish in each state, interweaving the culinary with personal and cultural associations of each region. From key lime pie (Florida) to elk stew (Montana), The Mad Feast commemorates the unexpected origins of the familiar. Brazenly dissecting the myriad intersections between history and food, Frank, in this gorgeously designed volume, considers politics, sexuality, violence, grief, and pleasure: the cool, creamy whoopie pie evokes toughness in the face of New England winters, while the stewlike perloo serves up an exploration of food and race in the South. Tracing an unpredictable map of our collective appetites, The Mad Feast presents a beguiling flavor profile of the American spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631490736
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/09/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,040,958
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of The Mad Feast and Preparing the Ghost, which was reviewed on the front-page of the New York Times Book Review. He teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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