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Eat Spam and carry on: Wartime pamphlets could teach us a thing or two about healthy, thrifty eating

May 24, 2013

When we think about periods in food, the Second World War is not one that begs to be revisited. It was all tinned meat, semolina and a joyless absence of butter, right? Well, not quite. And despite rationing, many commentators have observed that the population never enjoyed a healthier diet than during that time. The food writer Irene Veal even wrote in the preface to her 1943 book, Recipes of the 1940s, "never have the British people been so wisely fed or British women so sensibly interested in cooking".


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