Category Archives: food

During the Depression, the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) dispatched scribes to sample the fare at group eating events like church dinners, political barbecues, and clambakes. Its America Eats project sought nothing less than to sample, and report upon, the tremendous … Continue reading

Camille Bégin is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She answered some questions about her book Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America’s Food. Q: What … Continue reading

What does America need? You probably have a long list. It might even include “a good five-cent cigar.” What does America NOT need? More corn. We’re swimming in corn. South America is swimming in corn. If there was an East America, its … Continue reading

National Peanut Day is upon us. Come back to the dawn of industrialization, when a legume once considered worthy only for drunks and slaves began a journey into the everyday American diet. Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea … Continue reading

The latest in our series of posts on how university presses and other small publishing concerns can enjoy greater financial security by creating new revenue streams. The introductory post is here. A second post is here. There’s another one here. It’s that time of year when … Continue reading

Drink bothered the Founding Fathers. Not on a personal level, of course. John Adams drank a tankard of hard cider with his breakfast and George Washington went on many a bender. No, they saw boozing as a threat to the good functioning of … Continue reading

“There’s a reason that this genre film never worked. It must be ethnic to the core—you must smell the spaghetti. That’s what brought the magic to the novel—it was written by an Italian.” With those words former studio head and … Continue reading

Lager. In an era of craft brews and snob supremacy, it is derided as the choice of those who dare to consume their beer by the case. Many wept when Guinness, purveyor of the meal in a glass, canned its own Gaelic … Continue reading

It is National Peanut Butter Month. Who knows why. Probably Skippy and Jif paid for the next twenty years of November. Anyway, we’ll play along. Let’s salute the pioneers who mixed a sneered-at pea for poor people with sugar, oil, … Continue reading

For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Illinois Press will have a large presence at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest.  Festival goers can visit the University of Illinois Press tent on Dearborn Street, between Congress and Polk. … Continue reading