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.

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“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