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The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food--Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When the Nation's Food Was Seasonal

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Mark Kurlansky

A genuine culinary and historical keepsake: in the late 1930s the WPA farmed out a writing project with the ambition of other New Deal programs: an encyclopedia of American food and food traditions from coast-to-coast similar to the federal travel guides. … see full wiki

Author: Mark Kurlansky
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
2 reviews about The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of...
review by . June 27, 2009
Oh, how they ate!     Long ago, up to just after WWII, the United States was a land of regions. New England was separate and distinct from the South, for example, and the Plains States very different than those two. Culture and cuisine were influenced by local likes and dislikes, mores and folkways. Likewise, refrigerated railway cars and to a far lesser extent weren't nearly as widely used today, so many of the fruits and vegetables we take for granted in grocery stores anywhere …
review by . April 30, 2009
As I read "The Food of a Younger Land," it struck me as perhaps a useful companion to a book I read several years ago, Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun, about roadside culture in the South before the days of interstate highways. This is a similar sort of thing, in that it chronicles America back in the days before our food -- like our accents, our entertainments, our clothes, our retail options, and our politics -- were homogenized by highways and mass media. For people interested …
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