In 2007 I was reporting from Boalsburg, PA, one of the small communities who claim to have founded Memorial Day. I’m holding their famous homemade chicken chowder. You can read all about it in my latest book.

Why subscribe to America Eats? (Other than it’s informative and fun to read)

American food is a restless cuisine. In comparison to the rest of the world, our cooking is so young, so diverse in style, ingredients, and customs, and, as a nation of immigrants, forever changing. This is what my newsletter explores, following the threads that bind my four books together.

Because of my readers’ generous support, America Eats! is able to write stories from a historical, cultural, political, and personal perspective. Recent stories investigated the legacy of an 18th century Florida sugar cane plantation; an apple pie insomnia cure and a medieval nun’s hemp cookie for those wobbly mental health days. Another story proposed a pamphlet that Texas might like to give to women now that they’ll need alternatives for their problems. And there’s been lots of tales from the road where I usually get lost driving to county fairs, church suppers, pie socials, and harvest celebrations that have always played an important role in the development of American regional and national cooking. They’ve even came along for a hike along the Appalachian Trail.

The week’s major story arrives every Tuesday just in time for a good breakfast read. Subscribers receive a special compendium on Saturday morning that’s filled with interesting and odd tidbits everyone needs to knows to impress their family and friends.

Three times a year, I publish small chapbooks on individual subjects. The first, Eudora Welty’s collection of recipes, Southern Cooking, is available now. It represents the work she did in the 1930s for the Works Progress Administration and has never before been published.

First in the AE booklet series, the great southern writer Eudora Welty’s 1930s collection of recipes from her Mississippi hometown.

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