Throwback Thursday: Laura Shapiro's "A Food Lover's Guide to Fat"

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Remember SnackWell's? In the 1990s America's fear of fat was perhaps even more pronounced than the aversion to gluten we have seen in this decade. In her 1995 JBF Journalism award–winning article, "A Food Lover's Guide to Fat," historian Laura Shapiro addressed the anti-fat frenzy:

 

Consider the Oreo: two chocolate discs, a creamy filling, and a tradition going back to 1912. For as long as cookie sales have been tracked, Oreos have been the industry front-runner, occasionally jockeying for first place with Chips Ahoy! or Fig Newtons, but always the sentimental favorite. Until this year. When the cookie-and-cracker bestseller list for 1994 is tabulated, last year’s number six will have flown straight up into first place, with Oreos in a dismal fourth. America’s new passion is SnackWell’s. Introduced by Nabisco only two years ago, SnackWell’s is a line of fat-free and low-fat snacks best known for the Devil’s Food Cookie Cake, a morsel of cake and marshmallow wrapped in a shiny chocolate coat.... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Laura Shapiro

Laura Shapiro on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

Our recent Women in Whites gala is a wrap, but we're not done celebrating and contemplating the impact of female chefs on American food. On yesterday’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited author, journalist, and culinary historian Laura Shapiro on the air to discuss how women's roles behind the stove have evolved over the years. The pair discussed the food culture of the 1950s and how it dramatically changed our culinary landscape, how the idea of a quick, timed lunch was introduced into American culture in the early 1900s and its impact on our perception of food, and much more. To listen to the full episode, click here.

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