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Small Appetites: A History of Children’s Food


Sunday February 18, 2018: 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room


Have a picky eater in your family?

Helen Zoe Veit, Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, returns to share findings from her latest book (in progress). "Small Appetites" traces changes in children’s eating and changing beliefs about children’s eating from the early nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth century, a time when childhood itself was undergoing revolutionary changes. Today many Americans assume that children are naturally picky eaters. Yet for all their ubiquity today, picky eaters were rare in earlier times. In fact, many of our most basic beliefs about children’s eating are unprecedented. The question of what children can or can’t “naturally” eat falls at the intersection of biology and culture, and at the intersection of cultural history and the history of science.

This event is in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor (CHAA), an organization of scholars, cooks, food writers, nutritionists, collectors, students, and others interested in the study of culinary history and gastronomy.