Thursday, May 22, 2014

Food: Transforming The American Table

In sharing a little of this and a little of that with regard to changes in food, such as the top "10" superfoods or "the dirty dozen", the following is a well-done compilation of "Food: Transforming The American Table 1950-2000" which is located at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

This exhibit gives a great overview of how American eating/shopping for food has changed significantly over the past 50 years. The exhibit shows a reflection of how we have progressed and evolved over the years and how this comes to life at the "American table".

An short overview of the food transformation?
  •  In the 1950s, we saw an introduction to many pre-made convenience foods that became popular. These foods were known for being cheap, quick and easy to prepare.
  • The 60s was a time of great change and with that came more complex recipes and flavors, i.e., Julia Child and her French influence, interest in vegetarian foods, fondues and the rise of junk food.
  •  Agribusiness became well known with the introduction of growing "rows and rows" of food, mechanical harvesters and relying less on the "little farmer". In the 70s and 80s there was a recognition that "things were going wrong" in the food world as health and environmental issues began to become more common. 
To learn more about this exhibit and the creator, check out the article here.

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