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America Eats!: On the Road with the WPA - the Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chitlin Feasts That Define

Willard, Pat

Verlag: Bloomsbury USA, 2009
ISBN 10: 1596916230 / ISBN 13: 9781596916234
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Titel: America Eats!: On the Road with the WPA - ...

Verlag: Bloomsbury USA

Erscheinungsdatum: 2009

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Wonderful descriptions and vignettes of American group eating written by members of the Federal Writers' Project.To this, the author has added her own thoughtful accounts as she travels across the land to discover present incarnations of those earlier feasts."Boston Globe"The spirit of camaraderie, and the determination to not let penury rob everyday existence of the companionable joys of food, are moving and instructive 70 years on."Atlantic Monthly"[Willard's] lovingly researched book, a tribute to regional cooking, is startling, funny and lip-smackingly good."More. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_1596916230

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Inhaltsangabe: ?Not unlike going out with good friends or long-lost relatives for a taste of country life.?? Christian Science Monitor

Pat Willard takes readers on a journey into the regional nooks and crannies of American cuisine, where WPA writers were dispatched in 1935 to document the roots of our diverse culinary culture.

Rezension: Amazon Best of the Month, July 2008: America Eats! originated as a 1935 WPA project that sent out-of-work writers (mostly unknowns, but also some soon-to-be famous names like Eudora Welty and Ralph Ellison) to chronicle America's regional cuisine, focusing on the group-dining dynamic of church suppers, harvest festivals, state fairs, political rallies, lodge suppers, and any gathering where food took center stage--"In a nation inhabited by strangers, sharing a meal lessened the loneliness of wandering across unfamiliar landscapes." While bits and pieces of their work saw the light of day over the years, the project was never completed or published and was filed away in the Library of Congress like a culinary Ark of the Covenant until Brooklyn-based food writer Pat Willard used this national artifact as a roadmap for her own coast-to-coast tour to see if these traditions still exist (many, sadly, are long gone) and offer a contemporary update on the WPA's original observations. Sprinkled throughout with heirloom recipes (Root Beer, Pickled Watermelon Rinds, Chess Pie, Son-of-Gun Stew) and never-before-published vintage photos, America Eats! is a celebration of our nation's table and a welcome addition to the popular food lit genre. "It's nice to report that, when a community need arises, we're still inspired as a nation to pull out a big pot and start throwing into it a lot of ingredients, with the understanding that sharing a large batch of something delicious with neighbors and strangers alike is a fine and proper way to accomplish some good." --Brad Thomas Parsons

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