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Postwar potluck: Grilling out, convenience cooking, and other 1950s food trends

25 May

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

When Sipping Tea Was A Socially Ruinous Act 

15 Mar

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

For Thanksgiving, Consider the Sweet Potato

25 Nov

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

The Archive of Eating

30 Oct

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

Terrapin Stew? U.S. foods of a century ago.

20 Aug

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.

How the Chicken Built America

26 Nov

THIS season millions of Americans will celebrate with turkey on the table. The turkey is, after all, the native North American animal that Benjamin Franklin considered “a much more respectable bird” than the scavenging bald eagle. But while the eagle landed on the country’s Great Seal and the turkey gets pride of place at our holiday dinners, neither bird can claim to have changed American culture more than their lowly avian cousin, the chicken.

So begins a fascinating brief history of raising chickens in what became the U.S. You can read the entire New York Times story by Andrew Lawler here: How the Chicken Built America – NYTimes.com.

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