Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Food History

Foodways and Ways of Talking about Food

If you have any interest in food studies or food history in the United States, you will find the term “foodways” popping up all over the place.  There are books on the foodways of here, there, and everywhere, the most… Continue Reading →

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 →

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