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Jane Ziegelman & Andrew Coe

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

HarperCollins

 

Food historian Ziegelman’s book fills an important gap in 20th century history—just what it was that people ate while coping with two world wars and an economic disaster. Turns out the rich ate well, the poor ate badly (if at all), and an alliance of science and progressive government tried to fix things. Much of what we have now—convenience meals, nutritionally-enhanced miracle foods, and the nationwide standardization of cuisine—got its start in times of dire need. The book includes actual recipes, some of which will not stimulate your appetite. As they probably said, it beat starving.

– Bruce Collier
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