The creative writing instructor and former restaurant worker shares his richly-illustrated culinary tour of the United States and our gastronomic heritage through 50 signature dishes.
Following his critically acclaimed Preparing the Ghost
, the renowned essayist takes on America’s food. In a surprising style reminiscent of Maggie Nelson or Mark Doty, Frank examines a quintessential dish in each state, interweaving the culinary with personal and cultural associations of each region. From key lime pie (Florida) to elk stew (Montana), The Mad Feast
commemorates the unexpected origins of the familiar. Brazenly dissecting the myriad intersections between history and food, Frank, in this gorgeously designed volume, considers politics, sexuality, violence, grief, and pleasure: the cool, creamy whoopie pie evokes toughness in the face of New England winters, while the stewlike perloo serves up an exploration of food and race in the South. Tracing an unpredictable map of our collective appetites, The Mad Feast
presents a beguiling flavor profile of the American spirit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MATTHEW GAVIN FRANK has previously written about everything from wine-making in a tent in Italy to the social hierarchies of a pot farm in California. He teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.