Enough is as good as a feast… Joshua Sylvester


FIRST LADY EATS FIVE CENT MEAL. WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 14. CLIMAXING A CONFERENCE OF 'DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN DEPRESSION,' MRS. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AND OTHER PROMINENT WOMEN TONIGHT ATE A FIVE CENT 'RELIEF' DINNER. THE FIVE CENT MEAL WAS BASED ON THE ACTUAL PER- MEAL PER-PERSON FOOD BUDGET OF THE AVERAGE WOMAN WORKING ON WPA. IT EXCEEDS BY 2 CENTS THE AVERAGE FOR RELIEF FAMILIES. SHOWN IN THE PICTURE, L TO R: MRS. HUGH EASLEY, ST. LOUIS, MO, TYPICAL MOTHER ON RELIEF; LITTLE ...BASLEY, 3 YEARS OLD; AND MRS. ROOSEVELT

FIRST LADY EATS FIVE CENT MEAL. WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 14. CLIMAXING A CONFERENCE OF ‘DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN DEPRESSION,’ MRS. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AND OTHER PROMINENT WOMEN TONIGHT ATE A FIVE CENT ‘RELIEF’ DINNER. THE FIVE CENT MEAL WAS BASED ON THE ACTUAL PER- MEAL PER-PERSON FOOD BUDGET OF THE AVERAGE WOMAN WORKING ON WPA. IT EXCEEDS BY 2 CENTS THE AVERAGE FOR RELIEF FAMILIES. SHOWN IN THE PICTURE, L TO R: MRS. HUGH EASLEY, ST. LOUIS, MO, TYPICAL MOTHER ON RELIEF; LITTLE …BASLEY, 3 YEARS OLD; AND MRS. ROOSEVELT

America eats! : on the road with the WPA : the fish fries, box supper socials, and chitlin feasts that define real American food  Pat Willard  New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. ix, 305 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes indexes. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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What the Sterns did for road food,  Willard does for festive American group eating in this exploration of our national cuisine, with a never-before-published WPA manuscript as her guide.

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In America Eats! Willard takes readers on a journey into the regional nooks and crannies of American cuisine where WPA writers — including Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, and Nelson Algren, among countless others — were dispatched in 1935 to document the roots of our diverse culinary cuisine.

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With the unpublished WPA manuscript as her guide, Willard visits the sites of American food’s past glory to rediscover the vibrant foundation of America’s traditional cuisine. She visits a booyah cook-off in Minnesota, a political feast in Mississippi, a watermelon festival in Oklahoma, and a sheepherders ball in Idaho, to name a few.

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Featuring recipes and never-before-seen photos, including those from the WPA by Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, and Marion Post Wolcott, America Eats! is a glowing celebration of American food, past and present.

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