FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Resetting the Table

Detail of cookbook cover


Between 1950 and 2000, Americans experienced immense changes in what and how they ate, and in how they thought and felt about food. Direct challenges to conventional diets and cooking styles came from immigrants, activists, and global travelers, and spread from local communities and restaurants to supermarkets and suburban backyards. Whether complementary or contradictory, each resetting of the table offered new menus, new manners, and new influences on the American cultural and economic landscape.