A Final Treat from 1946

He will thrive! He will thrive! Thanks, 1946… It’s been great visiting you. So long, and thanks for all interesting insights. Cheers!

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Voting with Our Dollars, circa 1946

Follow the money, they say, and truth will reveal itself. So as we wrap up this week of 1946, let’s take a quick look at where we put our dollars back in the day. When the charts below were compiled, a national mania for chicken had not yet spread across this country. Beef really was what was for dinner. Frozen meals didn’t exist. There were markets, but supermarkets were a new phenomenon.

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A Quick Bite of 1946, Anyone?

I think most of us have played the “would you rather” game. It’s usually a contest of bad and worse. Would you rather be turned into a zombie or an oompah-loompah? Would you rather give up your firstborn child to Britney Spears or a tribe of cannibals? Would you rather eat a kitten or a puppy? The wacky world of Foods 1946 presents us with this conundrum: Would you rather spend more time in the kitchen and eat a sustainable, locally sourced, home-cooked meal of ham & pureed vegetable soup, roast goose with roasted vegetables and a side of applesauce, mashed potatoes and turnips, fresh-baked corn muffins and then plum pudding and fresh-ground coffee to finish, a’la 1846.

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The Long Tail of 1946

Yesterday I introduced the weird, wild, wonderful world of Foods 1946, but to really understand where 1946 was going, it’s important to take a quick look at 1945. Our friends at Wikipedia tell us that 1945 “was a common year starting on Monday. It is most widely known for being the end of World War II. It is also known as the beginning of the Information Age.” But just scan down a very brief list of events that 1945 contained…

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What 1946 Hath Wrought

“The world today looks to the American farmer—To all the American People—for the very means of life. It is a challenge and an opportunity that we shall not shirk.” -Foods 1946 On a recent foraging tour in my new favorite junk shop, Puntaverde Brooklyn’s own The Thing (they have a popular myspace page, natch), I came across this irresistible bit of history: It’s a 1946 edition food processing securities brochure, courtesy of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Beane.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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