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July 29, 2008

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The Food Timeline

Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip…and why?

Welcome to the Food Timeline! Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts. Some people will tell you it’s impossible to express this topic in exact timeline format. They are correct. Most foods we eat are not invented; they evolve.

This site is the work of Lynne Olver, “(a) reference librarian with a passion for food history.” It’s awesome! If you’ve never visited this site, stop what you’re doing and zip over there now. The section of this site that I, personally, use most often is Historic Food Prices. Seems like somebody always wants to know what a gallon of milk cost Back In The Day (PDF; 2.2 MB; scroll down to page 31). Some data from other countries can be found here as well.

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