Is anybody else completely SMITTEN with this little youtube series called Great Depression Cooking?
here's one of the first videos I saw. I just love it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4IjNV...
So many of the values shared by many people on CHOW (values like home cooking, fresh ingredients, local food, sustainability and eliminating wastefulness, not to mention taking pleasure in the sheer act of eating...) were all fixtures of the depression. It was a time when people actually cooked real food, with their hands and expertise, and shared it as a family. Now people buy pre-processed food and scarf it down in the car on the way to and from a million things.
Also, like she said, they ate well back then. If you think about it, it's always the peasant food that people love the most. When you don't have much to enjoy, food is still there. Sometimes its the absolute cheapest food that is the most satisfying and provides the most pleasure. It's a beautiful thing. I feel like they valued food, and the time they spent preparing it and eating it with the family more back then than we do now.
Of course, I speak with the naivite of a 20 year old, middle class college student. I have no idea what it was like living in the depression, and for all my romanticizing of it, it was obviously a very difficult time, and I can never understand what it was like. But I have a real respect for the people who lived during that time, and I think what happened during and because of the depression is in some cases a real testament to the resilient and hopeful power of the human spirit.
Also it just simply gets the foodie in me all excited... :)