Three Squares: Mealtime in America
Three square meals a day. Three to five servings of fruits and vegetables, two to three servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese. Avoid fats and sugar. Red meat in moderation…
But eating isn’t simply about achieving the perfect nutritional balance. It also has profound social implications, especially when we sit down with others to share a meal. And so in this episode, the History Guys recover from their Thanksgiving feasts with a look back at the history of mealtime in America. From Victorian table manners to the school lunch program, how have our ideas about what, when, and how we eat our meals evolved?
- John Kasson, Professor of History and American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Trudy Eden, Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa
- Susan Levine, Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago
- Abigail Van Slyck, Professor of Art History & Associate Dean of the Faculty at Connecticut College
Listen to individual show segments.
Read the listener discussion that helped shape this show.
Listen to our previous show exploring the history of the Thanksgiving holiday.