Gopnik charts America's transformation from being simply aware of what they eat to being obsessive about it. This culinary journey will transport listeners from 18th-century France and the origin of America's popular modern tastes to the kitchens of the White House and beyond.
Sal Jenkins is always thrilled when her husband Harry returns from sea. As chief steward on the SS Amazonia , he provides well for his family and Sal enjoys the status that his position affords her. Their daughters do not share Sal's excitement - it is only a matter of time until their father's drinking and violence begins.