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Food Will Win the War: Minnesota Crops, Cooks, and Conservation During World War I
     

Food Will Win the War: Minnesota Crops, Cooks, and Conservation During World War I

by Rae Katherine Eighmey
 

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Meatless Mondays, Wheatless Wednesdays, vegetable gardens and chickens in every empty lot and backyard. When the United States entered World War I, Minnesotans responded to appeals for personal sacrifice and changed the way they cooked and ate in order to conserve food for the boys "over there." Baking with corn and rye, eating simple meals based on locally grown

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Meatless Mondays, Wheatless Wednesdays, vegetable gardens and chickens in every empty lot and backyard. When the United States entered World War I, Minnesotans responded to appeals for personal sacrifice and changed the way they cooked and ate in order to conserve food for the boys "over there." Baking with corn and rye, eating simple meals based on locally grown food, consuming fewer calories, and wasting nothing in the kitchen-not even bread crumbs-became civic acts. High-energy foods and calories unconsumed on the American home front could help the food-starved, war-torn American Allies eat another day and fight another battle.

In the pages of this appealing case study of food, conservation, and survival during 1917-18, food historian Rae Katherine Eighmey engages readers with wide research and recipes drawn from rarely viewed letters, diaries, recipe books, newspaper accounts, government pamphlets, and public service fliers. She brings alive the unknown but unparalleled efforts to win the war made by ordinary "Citizen Soldiers"-farmers and city dwellers, lumberjacks and homemakers-who rolled up their sleeves to apply "can-do" ingenuity coupled with "must-do" drive. Their remarkable, largely volunteer efforts, carefully focused by university expertise end ubiquitous government propaganda, transformed everyday life and set the stage for the United States' postwar economic and political ascendance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873517188
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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