I was interviewed recently regarding the 50s Housewife Experiment (yes, still happily milking that thing) and the person interviewing me was really surprised that I gained weight following a 50s diet.
"But people ate real food back then!" she said, referring to the fact that we're eating a lot of "Frankenfood" now.
See, I'm sure that some people ate wholesome, farm-fresh, made-from-scratch, not-so-complicated meals back in the day. But some people in the 1950s also ate crap like this:
Want to guess what it is?
- Is it a very rare beef tenderloin covered in strangely coloured whipped potatoes?
- Is it Gumby's severed arm?
- Is it actually just a plastic prop from my 50s Christmas Cocktail Party?
The magazines and cookbooks from the era are brimming with stuff like this. But let's not fool ourselves into thinking it's any more healthy when it's recombined and beautifully photographed to look like this:
|Cranberry Cheesecake Tartlets, compliments of Ocean Spray|