I really don't know why this potato salad has been on my mind for months now. I actually keep putting off writing about it because it seems mundane and because it doesn't really fit any of the seasonal produce stuff that's always high on my list of culinary priorities. I still haven't really been able to find out much about it. But despite my efforts to put it out of my mind, it won't go away. I've made it four or five times in the last few months, and it is really good. So ... figuring that in these last few weeks before the new season's produce starts to really show up in markets one needs some things to make for dinner that are a bit out of the ordinary, I figured I'd stick it in here now.
Vickburg Potato Salad wedged its way into the already odd mosaic of my mind when I first read about it in The Food of a Younger Land , a WPA-sponsored compilation of writings about American cuisine edited a few years ago by Mark Kurlansky. The work, which dates to the 1930s, was originally a project called America Eats and included some of the country's great writersâZora Neale Hurston, Nelson Algren, and Eudora Welty to name just a fewâsharing thoughts on regional American eating back in the dark days of the Depression. Being fascinated with food history, I loved reading it: there's a wealth of weird, unedited stuff. It's sort of like listening to outtakes from recording sessions that included a few players who went on to be really famous later in their lives. A glimpse into the world of unedited, unpolished food writing that's actually just as telling as something far fancier. Kudos to Mark Kurlansky for putting it all together!