A Square Meal

A Culinary History of the Great Depression
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.78 hours)
Product Number: Z100120558
Released: Dec 20, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781515996286
Narrator/s: Susan Ericksen
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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The decade-long Great Depression, a period of shifts in the country's political and social landscape, forever changed the way America eats. Before 1929, America's relationship with food was defined by abundance. But the collapse of the economy, in both urban and rural America, left a quarter of all Americans out of work and undernourished-shattering long-held assumptions about the limitlessness of the national larder. In 1933, as women struggled to feed their families, President Roosevelt reversed long-standing biases toward government-sponsored "food charity." For the first time in American history, the federal government assumed, for a while, responsibility for feeding its citizens. The effects were widespread. Championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, "home economists" who had long fought to bring science into the kitchen rose to national stature. Through the Bureau of Home Economics, these women led a sweeping campaign to instill dietary recommendations, the forerunners of today's Dietary Guidelines for Americans. At the same time, expanding conglomerates introduced packaged and processed foods, which led to a new American cuisine based on speed and convenience. This movement toward a homogenized national diet sparked a revival of American regional cooking that continues to this day.

Genre: History, Cooking
Original Publish Date: Dec 20, 2016

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Narrator(s): Susan Ericksen
Genre: History, Cooking
Product Number DD29658
Released: Dec 20, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515916284
Product Number EB00628801
Released: Aug 16, 2016
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062216434

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"For most Americans today, it's difficult to imagine how overwhelming it was to feed a struggling nation during the Great Depression years, which included the drought known as the Dust Bowl. Narrator Susan Ericksen's clear diction and subtle level of drama add spark to this history of the American diet between the two World Wars. Her varied pacing and lively phrasing help listeners connect to diverse experiences such as failing farms, President Roosevelt's White House menus, and life as a hobo. A SQUARE MEAL examines the sociopolitical complexities of helping the needy and includes period recipes, budgets, and nutritional science. This well-researched history is chock-full of information, making it a good choice for commuters and others who tend to listen to audiobooks in short, digestible portions. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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