Three Squares: A History of American Meals
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 a balanced diet. Mealtime facilitates the exchange of ideas and feelings; meals facilitate culinary diplomacy; they are markers of our class, race, culture and region. At mealtime, we honor — and sometimes subvert — tradition.
As we prepare for what for many is the biggest family feast of the year, we’ll be devoting this episode to the history of the “meal” in America. From Victorian table manners to the school lunch, how have our ideas about eating together evolved? As always, we need your help to create this show. What would you like to know about the history of the American meal? Ever wonder why your dining room was built the way it was? Has the food you serve to guests changed over the years? Leave your thoughts below.