ON THE COVER: Chicago Photographer Barbara Kasten is currently enjoying a five-decade career retrospective, "Stages," at the Graham Foundation. Critic Kate Sierzputowskiattended the exhibit's opening—which included a talk by the former Columbia College professor.
Mince pie was once inextricable from our national identity. Blamed for bad health, murderous dreams, the downfall of Prohibition, and the decline of the white race, it nonetheless persisted as an American staple through the 1940s. So what happened?