The decade-long Great Depression, a period of shifts in the country’s political and social landscape, forever changed the way America eats. Bef
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You might imagine a culinary history of the Great Depression would be a catalog of cheap and skimpy meals, but having read previous works by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe, I knew I’d be in for a social history with all the trimmings.
I was not disappointed. A Square Meal chronicles American diets in the early 20th century, tells the history of hoboes in America (and the important differences between hoboes and tramps and bums), touches on the popularization of canned and frozen foods, and gets in
I felt this to be more of a social history of the Great Depression. The first three chapters seemed devoted to the Roaring 20s. Then it delved into politics of feeding (or not feeding) the unemployed, and events that affected agriculture, the beginning of home economists and promoting what a balanced diet was: watered-down and less is more, and the beginning of food manufacturing with corporations such as Post, Birds Eye, Jell-O (even Ralston & Purina).
I went into this seeking a culinary ta
Disappointing, disorganized, and facile.
This is not a bad book, but it is not a good book. After being a little all over the place, it ends very abruptly. Does not sufficiently discuss the history of the food theories that lead to the Depression menus and comes off as very surface-level. Though the writing was engaging enough, I could not shake the feeling that this book was using the 1930s to comment on today more than anything else.