Thursday, September 23, 2010
History and Food, a Dissenting View
John Phipps recommends this article by a historian who challenges some foodie myths; I concur. It's good, although she paints with too broad a brush. It's true that the rural residents in past realms didn't eat well, just look at the diet of black Americans in the ante-bellum South. "High on the hog" implies a "low on the hog". But it's true some areas in some times ate well. Colonial Pennsylvanians were significantly taller on average than the British troops who opposed them in the Revolution. That's nit-picking, though. The article is worth reading by anyone interested in food.