Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Food History

10 Reasons Why Fish Has Been So Suspect as Food

Following up on my kipper post, I want to turn to questions I’ve been asked about fish, particularly about why the Irish could not substitute fish for potatoes during the Famine. Rather than answer that directly, it’s worth remembering that… Continue Reading →

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 →

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