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Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food

Camille Bégin


During the Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) dispatched scribes to sample the fare at group eating events like church dinners, political barbecues, and clambakes. Its America Eats project sought nothing less than to sample, and report upon, the tremendous range of foods eaten across the United States. This book shapes a cultural and sensory history of New Deal era eating from the FWP archives. From “ravioli, the diminutive derbies of pastries, the crowns stuffed with a well-seasoned paste” to barbeque seasoning that integrated “salt, black pepper, dried red chili powder, garlic, o ... More

Keywords: Federal Writers' Project, U.S. Depression, group eating, dinner, barbecues, clambakes, America Eats, New Deal era, regional food, food cultures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040252
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camille Bégin, author
University of Toronto