Allow historian Robert Tracy McKenzie to clarify the likely menu at the “First Thanksgiving”:
We can get too caught up in discussing what they [the Pilgrims and Wampanoag] had to eat, but it is worth noting that almost nothing we associate with a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal would have b…
Read about the menu here: EEL AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS: AN AUTHENTIC THANKSGIVING MENU | Faith and History
For the third installment of our Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project potluck series, we embraced 1950s cooking. We found recipes influenced by the end of World War II rationing, an ongoing interest in convenience, and the growing peacetime prosperity and leisure that many, though not all, Americans enjoyed. Here are just a few of the trends we noticed:
Source: Postwar potluck: Grilling out, convenience cooking, and other 1950s food trends | National Museum of American History
Could anything be as innocuous as a nice spot of tea? Today, the word “tea” conjures up images of sipping from dainty cups with grandma, children’s cup-and-saucer sets, boxes of “Tummy Time” and “Throat Coat,” and, of course, the Queen. But amazingly, there was a time when tea was seen as a threat to traditional Christian values—and the social hierarchy of the Western world.
So begins a fascinating story of tea and Western women, by Hadley Meares at Atlas Obscura: When Sipping Tea Was A Socially Ruinous Act | Atlas Obscura
The sweet potato is a New World food that spread around the world, including across the Pacific before the Europeans got there.
Source: Considering the Sweet Potato | JSTOR Daily
One 84-year-old librarian has spent more than half her life building a comprehensive database of cookbooks throughout history.
Source: The Archive of Eating – The New York Times
Food tastes change over time. At NPR, Linton Weeks summarizes a discussion he had with food historian Sandra L. L. Oliver about Terrapin Stew and other foods that are no longer popular. Here’s the post: 4 Foods Americans Don’t Eat Much Anymore : NPR History Dept. : NPR.