Award-winning New York Times-bestselling author Mark Kurlansky takes us back to the food and eating habits of a younger America.
In the 1930s, with the country gripped by the Great Depression and millions of Americans struggling to get by, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Federal Writers' Project under the New Deal as a make-work program for artists and authors.
A number of writers, including Zora Neale Hurston and Eudora Welty were dispatched all across America to chronicle the eating habits, traditions, and struggles of local people. The project, called "America Eats," was abandoned in the early 1940s because of the World War and was never completed.
The National Constitution Center hosts a conversation with Mark Kurlansky about the WPA's portrait of food in Pre-World War II America. Rick Nichols of the Philadelphia Inquirer moderates.
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times-bestselling and James A. Beard Award-winning author of many books, including Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History and 1968: The Year That Rocked the World. He is the winner of a Bon Appetit American Food and Entertaining Award for Food Writer of the Year, and the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award for Food Book of the Year, as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Rick Nichols is a long-time writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer whose weekly food columns are frequently anthologized in Best Food Writing, the annual collection. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.