Dinner & A Book: The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness At The Fair That Changed America

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About This Episode

Episode #507

 Erik Larson takes readers into a richly complex moment in American history, the time of the best and worst of the Gilded Age, the grandeur and triumph of the human imagination, and the poverty, violence and depravity that surrounded it.

Original Airdate:
February 8, 2005

The Book


The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness At The Fair That Changed America
By Erik Larson

The Menu

THE MENU

Chicago Brats with all the trimmings
German Potato Salad
Braised Leeks and Artichoke Hearts with Fresh Basil
Chocolate Sundaes
Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer

 These are foods that were introduced and served at the 1893 Columbian World Exposition, or as the fair is called today, The Chicago World’s Fair.

 Since the following items were introduced at the Chicago Fair, I would suggest using as a centerpiece a box of Shredded Wheat, a box of Aunt Jemima’s Pancake Mix, a box of oatmeal, a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, a package of Juicy Fruit Gum, a box of Cracker Jacks and a zipper!!!  Then play a CD of "Chicago, Chicago, That Toddling Town."

Episode Resources

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