Tuesday, May 15, 2012
World War One Wednesday
Then the Minnesota Historical Society published Food Will Win The War by Rae Katherine Eighmey. The book is full of the history of the food rationing movement, stories, rationing posters, and recipes showing you how to substitute and stretch your food rations.
Fascinating stuff! I had no idea the lengths to which American Housewives went to feed their families under the rationing strictures. They gave up meat, wheat, fat, coffee, chocolate, and sugar. They prepared a lot of fish (blech!) and encouraged their children to fill up on milk and oatmeal.
Potatoes, a staple of many houses, were shipped to Europe by the shipload. One campaign by the war department had the slogan "Every Spud a Soldier" encouraging the American people to bypass their mashed potatoes and gravy and send the spuds to the troops instead.
Question for you: If the need for rationing came around again, what would you have the most difficult time giving up?