Book Review: The 9-Inch Plate "Diet"
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Joy of Cooking expands

I recently wrote about the interesting and fun book The 9-inch Plate "Diet" where we learn about the cultural factors influencing the increase in the amount of food we consume.

Today I learned (thanks to Adam Engst) about a Cornell University study that found that recipes in The Joy of Cooking have similarly increased in calorie count over the previous decades. One tidbit from the study is that a meal for 4 people in 1986 would have been for 7 people in 1936. Egads.

Comments

Robert

I wonder what the average height of people was back then? If the average 21st century human is rather taller, I could imagine a higher calorie count being necessary.

Then again, the average 21st century American isn't doing nearly as much manual labor as our 1936 compatriots. So maybe that's a poor rationalization. :-)

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