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Lunch venue with a deli counter, silver gelatin print, 1942. NYPL, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Lunch is as much a fact of life as, say, sandwiches. Or is it? A new exhibit at the New York Public Library looks at lunch hour through the ages. Edible Geography published an interview with the exhibiton's co-curators, Laura Shapiro and Rebecca Federman, that is a fascinating look into the history of a meal that we take for granted now -- who hasn't watched the clock tick down to noon, stomach grumbling away in a meeting -- but that only became commonplace in the 1850s.
Take a look at the interview -- from the real origins of sliced bread (and the expression "the smartest thing since sliced bread"!) to the original use of peanut butter for "ladies who lunch," to the now-extinct Automat, don't miss the interview -- or if you live in New York, the exhibit.
Lunch: An Urban Invention from Edible Geography
You Haven't Thai'd This
Thai iced tea is great, but this dessert is better
You haven't thai'd this before.
Bring some flare to your cookout.
Life's better with snacks.
Italian soda is can-do.
A better basket.