Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Modern Food

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 →

My 2016 Books on Food History and Politics

Some time ago, I read a blog post, I think by the expert on Vietnamese food Andrea Nguyen, which simply listed the cookbooks her friends had published that year. I thought it an excellent idea. ¬†The “ten best” lists that… Continue Reading →

Price, Politics, and the Thanksgiving Meal

The Political Background to the Thanksgiving Meal When Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, he, and the promoters of the holiday, were arguing for an inclusive meal that everyone could afford, and that could bring the country together…. Continue Reading →

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