Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics

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Why did our ancestors prefer white bread to wholegrains?

A couple of days ago, a reader contacted me to ask me to clarify my post on why our ancestors preferred white bread. I checked the post. It’s been consistently one of my most popular. And it was written in 2011…. Continue Reading →

Heavy Lifting: The Potato, the Poor, and Pleasure in Ireland

In this long post (you’ve been warned), I’m going to try to imagine the potato cuisine of the Irish poor in the century before the Great Famine of 1845-52. In part, I’ve been thinking a lot about this since I… Continue Reading →

Mutable Maize

“You can give an overview of the history of corn,” said John T. Edge in his confident, persuasive voice, ignoring my demurral that in spite of lots of experience with corn in Mexico, I was an expert neither on corn… Continue Reading →

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