The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America's Food


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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7.2 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.9 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of THE MORROW PLOTS (Black Lawrence Press), SAGITTARIUS AGITPROP (Black Lawrence Press), Pot Farm (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press), WARRANTY IN ZULU (Barrow Street Press), and the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), and Aardvark (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others. He was born and raised in Illinois, and currently teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North. This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish-thimbleberry ice cream.


[A] raucous gastro-crawl through regional American cuisine.--Jeffery Gleaves
Never has a country-spanning food romp felt this subversive. Frank's essays--which dissect signature dishes from all 50 states--are nothing short of brilliant.... [A]n exploration of humanity, life, and tastes, the book is delicious. A-
[Frank]'s produced a surprising, entertaining look at what Americans eat and why.
This crazy culinary cruise through America is as messy and wonderful as Iowa's Loosemeat Sandwich. ...This is no cookbook with practical recipes or a patronizing tour of backwoods eateries, but a meditation on our nation's strange history that stares up at us from the plate, as tart as a Key lime and dense as Mississippi Mud Pie.--Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?
The Mad Feast is the ideal gift for your closest traveling companion, a self-guided tour crafted with a native's intuition and panache.... Using quirky historical anecdotes that echo a nation's motley coming-of-age, Frank has found a way to serve each state's beating heart on a platter. At turns spunky, wise, and melancholic, The Mad Feast is essential reading material for your next cross-country road trip.