Depression-Era food

June 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

The Ethicurian points to a New York Times review of a book called: “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”. The book is a “higgledy-piggledy” collection of Depression-era food writing, and a

vivid example of how much America, and its food, has changed in the last seven decades. But also how much it hasn’t: note the denunciation of “American standardization,” a charge that predated fast-food chains, the Interstate highway system, frozen dinners, the rise of artificial flavorings, high-fructose corn syrup, widespread factory farming, genetically modified foodstuffs and all the other developments that have flattened the landscape of American eating, on the road and off. If there are surprises to be found in reading these dispatches from bygone dinner tables, the greatest may be the elegiac tone that suffuses some of the entries. It’s always twilight, it seems, when it comes to American food.

Sounds like an good time. (Read the review)

While we’re on the subject of depression-era food, have you seen Great Depression Cooking with Clara? Not only does she make simple, cheap meals, but she’s incredibly charming.

Her survival guide to help you through hard times:

1. family
2. have a garden
3. use and re-use
4. make your own meals
5. eat healthy (“we were all healthy during the depression”)


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