Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Stimulus spending ,1930s style -- food writing in the Federal Writers Project

Looking back at the public works programs of the Depression, we tend to think in terms of the physical accomplishments of these programs. Dams, swimming pools, new highways, civic buildings. Many of these are still around, serving the public. I remember with fondness the swimming pool at Oglebay Park in Wheeling from my days at summer camp.

Less well-remembered perhaps, are the programs that put writers to work. Laura Shapiro does a nice job looking at food writing in this review of Mark Kurlansky's new book, "The Food of a Younger Land."


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