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This is incredible! There was a moment almost a century ago already trying to preserve American food culture of all origins. Just the photos alone are gold let alone what you describe. 1930s diamond!

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Pat, I am so glad you are featuring excerpts from America Eats! It's an important work--lively, informative, engaging--about who we were and how different we were before we started trying to be all one thing. More people need to know about it.

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It's an amazing work. Three of the most happy years of my life was living in the LOC with the papers then going out to see if I could find what the writers did. And I did--not as much but did. Some of the events are still going on, the community dinners and activities still a major part of a town's life. I thnk we lose sight of that among all the craziness of food culture these days.

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Is there a way to read all of America Eats! Sorry, Iā€™m a little confused that this is also the name of the newsletter. šŸ™‚

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They are, aren't they?! I wrote a book about the papers--yes, called America Eats! There are many of the stories in that. The papers have been such a central part of how I think about food and our culture that it seemed right to name the newsletter after it.

Beside my book there is Food of a Young Nation byt Mark Kurlascki. Other than that, not much. I've been thinking of putting a story up every now and then.

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Thank you, Pat! I will look for both! Absolutely brilliant, insightful stuff. ā¤ļø

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Let me know if you enjoyed it. It's on Abebooks so cheap! The photos didn't print out well but they're still amazing.

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