What Are the Fads and Fashions of Food?

How did food fashion change?

Exploration. India had the spices, and China had the tea and those going to far-flung locations started to set up trading. Much of the food we eat today, however, actually originated in the Americas. The pilgrims may have brought the turkey to the first Thanksgiving, but it was the native-Americans who showed up with the pumpkins, corn, beans and sunflowers. While the potato may have saved the Irish from the famine, it was the native-Americans who first cultivated them.

Refrigeration. While it was invented in 1805, refrigerators didn’t really become a must-have have appliance until after World War II when the average household could afford one.

All of a sudden food could be transported from one area or country to another. Roast lamb from New Zealand became a delicacy in England. It was fashionable to serve exotic imported food to impress the guests.

Fast food. Then junk hit the scene big time. The origins of the hamburger have been put through the meat…

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