Monday, August 8
EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH HISTORY
If you're on Twitter, you already follow the SFA @potlikker. (Don't you?) While we do our best to bring you news, history, first-hand stories, and other tidbits from the world of foodways, we're not the only ones out there. Try adding another dose of nerdery to your feed by following @foodtimeline. Lynne Olver is a librarian and culinary historian who has maintained a website called Food Timeline since 1999. And while the site's no-frills design harkens back to the dark days of the twentieth century, it's a mother lode of fascinating information (check out the grocery section from a 1917 Sears Roebuck catalog, above).
But back to Olver's Twitter feed, @foodtimeline. If you've ever wondered about the history of the salad bar, or the cupcake, or the cheese straw, @foodtimeline is for you. You might find inspiration for your next term paper, or at least a fun fact for cocktail-party fodder.