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|Title||:||A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression|
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|Category||:||History, Non fiction, Food, Historical, American history|
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression From the author of the acclaimed i Orchard i and her husband a culinary historian an in depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced the Great Depression and how it transformed America s culinary culture b .
The decade long Great Depression a period of shifts in the country s political and social landscape forever changed the way America eats Before America s relationship with food was defined by abundance But the collapse 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 as women struggled to feed their families President Roosevelt reversed longstanding 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 Tapping into America s longstanding ambivalence toward culinary enjoyment they imposed their vision of a sturdy utilitarian cuisine on the American dinner table .
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 rising food conglomerates introduced packaged and processed foods that gave rise to a new American cuisine based on speed and convenience This movement toward a homogenized national cuisine sparked a revival of American regional cooking In the ensuing decades this tension between local traditions and culinary science have defined our national cuisine a battle that continues today .
i A Square Mea i l examines the impact of economic contraction and environmental disaster on how Americans ate then and the lessons and insights those experiences may hold for us today
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