historical sources


Vegetables will save us all!

“Vegetables are really great!” declares this 1969 cookbook from Vermont. Written in a style that exaggerates its “country qualities,” it also sought to revive home cooking and show how easy it was to prepare something nutritious, at a time when many mothers and housewives were turning to TV dinners instead. This recipe for pickles is typical of New…

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Eleanor Roosevelt’s Margarine Commercial (1959)

The former First Lady of the United States was featured in this 1959 margarine commercial. After years of anti-margarine campaigns in the US, “Good Luck Margarine” needed the boost of a celebrity. Although margarine had become very popular in the US as a cheap butter substitute from the end of the 1800s onwards, anti-margarine lobbies and butter producers tried…


New Year’s Feast, 19th Century, Japan

Orange, dried persimmons, herring-roe and different nuts: these were the foods used for the Celebration of the New Year in Japan. Yum! Read more about this woodblock print and its historical context at the Metropolitan Collection Online. Check out “related objects” for lots of other items on Japanese art & culture from the 19th century.

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