If our lukewarm economy awakened your nostalgia for the good old days, look no further than The Food of a Younger Land. Mark Krlansky stumbled onto a goldmine of lost manuscripts created by Works Progress Act (WPA) workers as part of the Federal Writer's Project (FWP). As he delved into the files held by the Library of Congress he selected finished manuscripts that stood up to the test of time and clearly met the WPA directive of balancing the focus of the article between people and food. Originally conceived as a comprehensive portrait of American foodways, America Eats was to be arranged by the five regions of the United States. But, before the work could be compiled and printed, the United States entered World War II, and the government focused on the war effort.