What's "Retro Eating?"


Retro Recipes

While the real, homemade meals prepared in kitchens of yesterday usually weren't glamorous and are often the subject of snarky blogs, they were generally made with wholesome, minimally processed ingredients...and love! I'm offering you reimagined gluten-free recipes that will bring a bygone era to your kitchen. The spirit of the recipes I share with you is in a most non-ironic and humble way with the hopes that you will enjoy them. I'm not a "foodie." I cook like a granny! Get the free recipes...

 

My 1950s Diet Book

Is this book a typical "diet" book? Nope! Click here to find out why. In my book I combine my passion for wisdom of the past with my training in motivation to encourage personal responsibility leading to self-fulfillment that won't increase your waistline! In 2009 I was at my heaviest: 156 pounds. By applying the 1950s "diet" to my own life I've lost sixteen pounds and four inches around my waist and have kept it off. I didn’t join a gym or spend money on branded, pre-packaged diet foods or pills, nor did I start wearing a string of pearls and heels while dusting my home. Going backwards can mean forward thinking! Read more...




My WWI through The Great Depression Cook Book 

The thirty kitchen-tested recipes in this cook book have been lovingly adapted from those published during World War One through the Great Depression. Although frugal eating was a reality for millions of Americans, the spirit of the time was to make do with the basics and create simple, delicious meals with gratitude. In fact, the celebrated classic book, Joy of Cooking, was first published during the Depression in 1931. Wheat alternative and gluten-free flours were very popular and a normal part of the American diet, so converting these to 100% gluten-free wasn’t too much of a stretch (but still required extensive kitchen testing) Read more...




1950s PSA: "Cheers for Chubby" 

Originally presented by The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company with the cooperation of the Public Health Service, Federal Security Agency and the American Medical Association in the early 1950s, “Cheers For Chubby” was shown in American movie theaters on a 16mm reel, then later adapted for TV. After years of searching I acquired a vintage copy on 16 mm and had it digitized. Watch the film...



Eating Gluten-Free on a Retro Diet

"Gluten-free" has become a very charged but also profitable issue with some jumping either on the bully bandwagon or the "let's capitalize on this!" frenzy. Celiac and gluten-sensitivity weren't talked about in the 1950s like they are today but it doesn't mean they didn't exist! As I wrote in my book American Women Didn't Get Fat in the 1950s: Additionally, while gluten-free chic wasn’t a 50s phenomenon, Celiac disease and other food allergies were most certainly around in the 50s so that gluten-free or any other allergen-free eating can absolutely be “retro.” It would be dangerous to ignore your own individual health issues to emulate something for the sake of historical reenactment. Read more...

 

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