by Kevin Currie-Knight
In this episode, Amy Bentley (food historian, NYU) talks about the cultural and historical reasons we eat as we do. Amy and Kevin talk about why w eat three meals a day, how COVID might disrupt our eating habits, and the five historical factors that made baby food possible in the industrial age.
4:46 Why does Amy study food history? (Spoiler: it has to do with the role of gardening during World War II.) 11:54: How industrialization led to our three-meal-a-day eating schedule 23:01 – How has COVID messed with our three-meal-a-day cultural regimen? 34:29 – How baby food influenced (and was influenced by) culture 36:38 – The perfect storm of factors that gave rise to baby food (industrialization, discovery of fruits and vegetables’ importance, advertising, sexualization of breasts, etc) 54:10 – Baby food, its politicization, and the “mommy wars”