The Food Historian

is creating podcast, articles, and all kinds of food history awesome.

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History Gourmand
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All of the above plus one-on-one help with translating historic recipes or troubleshooting mishaps.

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About

My name is Sarah Wassberg Johnson and I am a food historian by training and preference, a sometimes podcaster, and a writer who specializes in American food history, particularly rural and agricultural history, women's history, the history of domestic science, World War I and World War II home front history, the Progressive Era, particularly the Country Life movement, and food history in general. I'm also a public historian, which means that I do academic-style original research, but I "translate" history for the general public. Jargon-free's the way to be!

This page is to help me revive my podcast "History Bites," finish writing my book "Preserve or Perish: Food Conservation Efforts in New York State During the Great War, 1917-1919," and generally make food history more fun and accessible to everyone. I spend my spare time answering media requests and research questions free of charge and I would love to be able to write more articles and book reviews, answer research questions, help troubleshoot historical recipes, and make my enormous historic cookbook and food history book collection more accessible (you can see the start of my collection at https://www.librarycat.org/lib/sewassbe).

By joining as a patron, you can help me create more new content like:
  • World War Wednesdays - where I post photos, recipes, links, and propaganda posters from both World Wars - see what's up already on www.thefoodhistorian.com/blog
  • Vintage cookbook reviews
  • Academic book reviews
  • New episodes of "History Bites"
  • Bibliographies and links to archival resources
  • other content by request! 
There are super-cool benefits to becoming a patron (see at right), but every little bit is so helpful and validating. I love food history of all kinds, and I hope you do, too!
Goals
8 of 15 patrons
When I reach 15 patrons, I'll turn some of my speaker presentations into videos to share with the world! Don't worry, some content will remain members-only. Topics include, food in WWI, community canning kitchens, celebrity cookbook authors you've never heard of, an overview of American cuisine over the decades, a history of wedding food, and more! 
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 37 exclusive posts
6
Images
14
Links
19
Writings

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