A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

Jane Ziegelman (Author) Andrew Coe (Author)
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Publish Date
August 16, 2016
6.3 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.35 pounds
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About the Author

Jane Ziegelman is the founder and director of Kids Cook!, a multiethnic cooking program for children. She is the author of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.
Andrew Coe is a food writer and culinary historian who has written for Gastronomica, Saveur, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Chop Suey and coauthor, with Jane Ziegelman, of A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression.


"This revealing and perceptive book recalls the Depression through the food history of that dismal era. Intriguing recipes of that period's most popular dishes help tell the story."--Mimi Sheraton, food critic, journalist, and author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die
"An engaging social history... The vivid recreation of American eating at a historical crossroads is engrossing."--Publishers Weekly
"This engaging social history, served up with period recipes, shows just how much the Great Depression fundamentally altered the way Americans shop, cook and eat."--Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review
"The Great Depression has long been elusive in the history of American food and cooking: we've seen snapshots but never a full portrait. Now, with the deep, thoughtful research and lively writing for which they they're both known, Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman at last open up this era."--Laura Shapiro, author of Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America
"The authors give a fresh slant to the familiar but complicated history of one of America's most difficult eras... A highly readable, illuminating look at the many ramifications of feeding the hungry in hard times."--Kirkus Reviews
"one of those rare books which deliver more than they promise."--Washington Times
"[An] engaging and often moving cultural history... [An] eloquent work of historical summation."--New York Times Book Review