This week on Eat Your Words, host Cathy Erway is joined in the studio by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe, food historians and co-authors of A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression.

A Square Meal examines the impact of economic contraction and environmental disaster on how Americans ate then—and the lessons and insights those experiences may hold for us today.


“The reality is that there are always people in need…and these people need help.” – Andrew Coe

“Essentially, we’re still wrestling with the same ambivalence that we saw in the Depression about whether it’s correct or not to give people a helping hand when they’re down. – Jane Ziegelman