By Matthew Gavin Frank
A richly illustrated culinary travel of the U.S. via fifty signature dishes, and a thorough exploration of our gastronomic heritage.
Following his seriously acclaimed getting ready the Ghost, well known essayist Matthew Gavin Frank takes on America’s nutrition. In a shocking kind corresponding to Maggie Nelson or Mark Doty, Frank examines a vital dish in each one country, interweaving the culinary with own and cultural institutions of every area. From key lime pie (Florida) to elk stew (Montana), The Mad banquet commemorates the unforeseen origins of the conventional. openly dissecting the myriad intersections among background and nutrients, Frank, during this gorgeously designed quantity, considers politics, sexuality, violence, grief, and enjoyment: the cool, creamy whoopie pie inspires longevity within the face of recent England winters, whereas the stewlike perloo serves up an exploration of nutrients and race within the South. Tracing an unpredictable map of our collective appetites, The Mad dinner party provides a beguiling taste profile of the yankee spirit.
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