New York’s Depression Era Foodways

New York’s Depression Era Foodways

During the Depression, the Federal Writers’ Project enlisted writers across the country to document American themes. In New York, there was a prolific output, which included works on architecture and a guidebook. “Feeding the City,” about the food of New York, was supposed to be a book, but was never published. Manuscripts and photographs from the project are on display through March in the Surrogate’s Court building.

“Feeding the City: The Unpublished W.P.A. Federal Writers’ Project Manuscript, 1935-1942,” NYC Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers Street (Centre Street), 212-639-9675,

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Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.

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