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    DescriptionMark Kurlansky's new book takes us back to the food of a younger America. Before the national highway system brought the country closer together, before chain restaurants brought uniformity, and before the Frigidaire meant that frozen food could be stored for longer, the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional. It helped to form the distinct character, attitudes, and customs of those who ate it. While Kurlansky was researching "The Big Oyster" in the Library of Congress, he stumbled across the archives for the America Eats project and discovered this wonderful window into our national past. In the 1930s, with the country gripped by the Great Depression and millions of Americans struggling to get by, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Federal Writers' Project under the New Deal to give work to artists and writers, such as John Cheever and Richard Wright. A number of writers--including Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, and Nelson Algren--were dispatched all across America to chronicle the eating habits, traditions, and struggles of local people. The project was abandoned in the early 1940s and never completed. "The Food of a Younger Nation" unearths this forgotten literary and historical treasure. Mark Kurlansky's brilliant compilation of these historic pieces, combined with authentic recipes, anecdotes, photos, and his own musings and analysis, evokes a bygone era when Americans had never heard of fast food and the grocery store was a thing of the future.


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    Title
    The Food of a Younger Land
    Subtitle
    A Portrait of American Food---before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, When the Nation's Food Was Seasonal, Regional, and Traditional---from the Lost WPA Files
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Kurlansky, Narrator Stephen Hoye
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400141692
    ISBN 10: 1400141699
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: FOO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T16.0
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WB
    B&T General Subject: 240
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940, CHRN/1930
    BISAC V2.8: CKB041000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    B&T Approval Code: A97406000
    BISAC V2.8: CKB002000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    B&T Approval Code: A14530000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 394.1/20973
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 394.120973
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    DC22: 394.12097309043
    LC classification: TX715 .F685 2009B
    Thema V1.0: WB, NHTB
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MPBG
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    28 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Mark Kurlansky is the "New York Times" bestselling and James A. Beard Award-winning author of "1968: The Year That Rocked the World" and "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World." Stephen Hoye has won more than a dozen "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosaki. He has recorded many other notable titles, such as "Every Second Counts" by Lance Armstrong and "The Google Story" by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.
    Review quote
    ""Vivid and playful dispatches from pre-interstate, pre-fast-food America, when food was local and cuisine regional.... Fun, illuminating, and provocative."" ---Booklist