1900s1910s1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s July 4th food celebrationsParty planning tipsHistoric food pricesMorris County (NJ) Cooks! Eleven delicious decades Need to plan a "decade" food event? This is a very doable project. Once you figure out what you want to accomplish, the rest will fall in place.Determine your focus ---1980s formal dinner? 1960s backyard barbecue? 1950s Vegas resort extraganza? 1940s teen party? 1920s Gatsby speakeasy evening? Victorian garden party? Decide if you want to feature local fare ---1900s Texas chili parlors? 1930s Chicago soup kitchens? 1970s California cuisine? 1990s Seattle cafes? If you think it's best to stick with "signature" decade foods everyone will recognize, start here:Fashionable Foods: Seven Decades of Food Fads, Sylvia Lovegren [McMillan:NewYork] 1999 ---excellent for social context, commentary, & selected recipes: 1920s-1980s Century in Food: America's Fads and Favorites, Beverly Bundy [Collector Press:Portland] 2002 ---good for popular fads & brands The Food Chronology, James L. Trager ---new food introductions, restaurant openings, cookbooks, technological advancements & company news Leite's Culinaria Dining Through the Decades If you want to identify period recipes, menus, table settings & decorations This is the fun part! It's also time-consuming and labor-intensive. You need primary resources. These are: Cookbooks Period cookbooks are the best sources for authentic recipes, menu suggestions, table settings and serving tips. Unfortunately, most public libraries do not own old cookbooks. Ask your librarian for help. Period cookbooks can be identified with the Library of Congress catalog and state or city library catalogs. Your librarian can help you identify nearby libraries with historic culinary collections or try to borrow them.
If you want to identify period recipes, menus, table settings & decorations This is the fun part! It's also time-consuming and labor-intensive. You need primary resources. These are:
2. Science & Technology Advances in transportation, food preservation, and home storage began to equalize local food availability and lessen dependence upon seasonal variations. Electricity was introduced to homes beginning with urban areas. Electric appliances (refrigerators, stoves) were introduced but not generally found in homes until the 1930s. About Domestic technology
3. Home Economics & Nutrition Science The Home Economics movement of the late 19th century continued full-force in the 20th. College women studied the science of cookery and applied their knowledge to improving the nutrition and health of their families. Some of these women became social workers who advocated for the poor. They established soup kitchens and classes for new immigrants and low-income homemakers. Many visited tenement homes and worked one-on-one with families. Social workers/nutrition experts taught their students practical skills regarding cooking safety, sanitation, nutrition, and marketing. About Home Economics.
4. Company New products flooded the American markets. Corporate giants such as the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), Campbells, Swift, General Mills, Quaker Oats, Kraft, Jell-O, and Hershey's provided products, "invented" recipes and created a steady demand for a wider variety of foods.
5. Government interventionFood & Drug Act (1906),