My aunt sent my mom an interesting email the other day called Eating in the Fifties. My experiences growing up in the 1960's and 70's weren't all that different. As I read the list I thought of my reactions to each item, and I thought it would be interesting to share the list -- my thoughts are in hot pink.
What future generations need to know is that food and menus and recipes are always evolving, always changing -- which I think is a great thing. More choices. More information. Awesome.
If you are an amateur Foodie, like myself, you find it interesting to know what people ate 50, 100, 500 years ago. I am always fascinated at seeing old menus.When I read books set in a historical time, I really want to know about the food.
I've also spent lots of time discussing food with friends and family. It's an endlessly fascinating subject, to me. Probably to a lot of other folks, too, which explains the popularity of the Food network and the Cooking channel.
Examples - my mother never ate anything with garlic until she was a teenager and found a little Italian restaurant near the bus station here in Atlanta. My grandmother never cooked fish, of any kind. Mother said her very first shrimp cocktail was a religious experience. Mother ate a lot of lamb growing up and didn't like it, so we never had it when I was a kid. I've never had a lamb chop. Never plan on eating one, either. [I have a great aversion to eating cute cuddly animals like lamb or goat, and forget venison -- I saw Bambi.]
below, Dad's family at a reunion/picnic sometime in the mid 1950's