By Pat Willard (Bloomsbury)
During the Depression, the Works Progress Administration hired unemployed writers across the country, including Eudora Welty and Saul Bellow, to chronicle our nation’s culinary culture. They filed evocative stories — which were never published in a single volume because of WPA funding cuts — detailing everything from possum dinners to ladies’ tea socials. Willard explores the original project and ambitiously retraces the writers’ footsteps. Her lovingly researched book, a tribute to regional cooking, is startling, funny, and lip-smackingly good.
Originally published in MORE magazine, July/August 2008.Buy America Eats!