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Culinary Historians | Wealth and Want: Food in the Gilded Age


Sunday October 15, 2023: 4:00pm to 5:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room


The Gilded Age was defined by extremes of wealth and want, and those extremes played out dramatically in the ways Americans ate. For the elite, daily meals were extravagant and formal banquets became complicated rituals of luxury and intentional waste. While a wealthy minority feasted, many other Americans struggled to feed themselves, and hunger and misery were widespread among the rural poor and those in city slums. This lecture will explore the fascinating world of food in the American Gilded Age through its banquet menus, cookbooks, etiquette guides, and a rare look into the eating habits of the poorest Americans.

Helen Zoe Veit is an associate professor of history at Michigan State University. She specializes in American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the history of food and nutrition. 

This event is in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.


I really hope if you can't provide a livestream (totally cool by me!), that you are able to give enough notice that people can come to the talk in person!

there is music in the background - can you stop that? it makes it hard to hear!

I have the sound on my laptop turned all the way up, but I can't hear the speaker. Can we watch a recording later?

Can you comment on how the gilded age gluttony was affected by WW1 and the reactionary era afterwords (in reference to your wonderful boo on Moral Food)