Fun food history blog


#1

I found out about Restaurant-ing Through History from a mention on Michael Stern’s Roadfood web site. I really enjoy it, and have learned a lot. This is the newest post:

If someone else has already highlighted this blog, my apologies!


#2

What a fabulous site! Thank you!


(erica) #3

That looks worth exploring!

Along similar lines, a firm rave for Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink. It is a century’s worth of the best epicurean writing from the magazine.


#4

Thanks - sounds great!


#5

Oh, this is so perfect for my interests - thank you!


(John Hartley) #6

Interesting article. I think it provides evidence, if such was needed, that the American custom of “eating out” was always much more established than here in the UK. Our town had a population of around 165k at the time of the Great War but, if you look at trade directories, there is hardly a mention of restaurants. And what there was, would have been clearly intended for the smallish group of the middle classes. I think things started to change towards the end of the war as government run, or sponsored, restaurants were established as a way of the country saving on scarce fuel and food resources. But, even here, these were places simply to get a meal, rather than a social occasion. Eating and drinking, as social events, became much more fashionable in the 1920s when the UK started its fascination with American social culture.


(Gwenn) #7

I love this!!