U.S. Department of Agriculture poster, ca. 1917. Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/00653180/
"The destiny of a nation depends upon the manner in which they feed themselves."—Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1826
"By examining our diet and tracing its history, popular writers have expanded the audience for traditional fields of study such as agricultural history, business history, and diplomatic history," writes OAH Distinguished Lecturer Matt Garcia in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of American History. "Over the last decade, food and its related subjects—fat studies, commodity-chain studies, and environmental studies—have grown apace with increased public awareness and activism."
The following OAH Distinguished Lecturers address various topics in food history: