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By Jane Ziegelman,Andrew Coe

James Beard beginning e-book Award Winner

From the writer of the acclaimed 97 Orchard and her husband, a culinary historian, an in-depth exploration of the best nutrition problem the state has ever faced—the nice Depression—and the way it remodeled America’s culinary culture.

The decade-long nice melancholy, a interval of shifts within the country’s political and social panorama, ceaselessly replaced the way in which the USA eats. prior to 1929, America’s dating with meals was once outlined via abundance. however the cave in of the economic climate, in either city and rural the US, left 1 / 4 of all american citizens out of labor and undernourished—shattering long-held assumptions in regards to the limitlessness of the nationwide larder.

In 1933, as girls struggled to feed their households, President Roosevelt reversed long-standing biases towards government-sponsored “food charity.” For the 1st time in American historical past, the government assumed, for some time, accountability for feeding its electorate. the consequences have been frequent. Championed by way of Eleanor Roosevelt, “home economists” who had lengthy fought to carry technology into the kitchen rose to nationwide stature.

Tapping into America’s long-standing ambivalence towards culinary leisure, they imposed their imaginative and prescient of a robust, utilitarian food at the American dinner desk. during the Bureau of domestic Economics, those girls led a sweeping crusade to instill nutritional thoughts, the forerunners of today’s nutritional guidance for Americans.

At a similar time, emerging meals conglomerates brought packaged and processed meals that gave upward thrust to a brand new American food in accordance with velocity and comfort. This stream towards a homogenized nationwide food sparked a revival of yank nearby cooking. within the resulting many years, the stress among neighborhood traditions and culinary technological know-how has outlined our nationwide cuisine—a conflict that keeps this present day.

A sq. Meal examines the impression of monetary contraction and environmental catastrophe on how american citizens ate then—and the teachings and insights these reports may well carry for us today.

A sq. Meal positive aspects 25 black-and-white photographs.

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