(Volume 4 of the Encyclopedia of Diet is fixed. That’s why you shouldn’t update files late at night when tired.)
I’ve just added 5 more individual books to the New Additions Category.
They are the 5 volume set of the Encyclopedia of Diet from 1917. This was published towards the end of WWI and a lot had been learned about nutrition from the experience of the war just as medicine, especially in the field of surgery, had advanced tremendously.
Much of the understanding of diet in the early 1900s was based on observation of the effects of various foods and differing diets. Since there were a lot fewer magical medicines available over the counter compared to today and by prescription to treat everything from a stuffy nose to indegestion people took diet more seriously as a way to maintain their health as well as to feed their hunger.
We’ve returned to some of that today where people eat for health as much as enjoyment unfortunately today we are so inundated with quacks and the magical superfood of the week that trying to find any actual valid information among the hours of television pitchmen, popup ads on the internet and this weeks magic diet and nutrition book that it often reminds me of the scene in the original Jurassic Park where Laura Dern is seacrhing through a massive pile of dinosaur dung with rubber gloves up to her shoulders.
Perhaps as bad the government guidelines which were rammed down people throats, no pun intended, for most of my lifetime until this past year when they discovered (or perhaps simply finally admitted) that they were completely wrong about pretty much everything they had been telling us for decades so to just forget all of it.. but now they have new improved “correct” advice which they will proceed to shove down our throats. Of course 50 years of government supervised nutrition has produced an entire nation of overweight, out of shape people. But I’m SURE they’ll get it right this time…
When you think of it though it makes perfect sense. The government manages hundreds of agencies and programs and pretty much every one of them is massively bloated and oversized so it makes sense that they would accomplish the same thing with nutrition
There are a lot of modern nutrition boosk available and I’m sure some folks will prefer those since food selection is not really a “technology” issue like building engines or boats or generating electricity. Much of modern nutritional advice does assume access to a range of foods that would likely be unavailable in a world rebuilding from scratch.
Gluten free, fermented Kale grown in the Swiss Alps and fertilized only with the dung of Norwegian freerange Raindeer will likely be in relatively short supply in a world where the primary food issue with which most people will be dealing is simply having enough of ANY kind of food to avoid starvation.
Though some ambitious entrepreneur might become the first of the rebuilding world’s millionaires by building a ship and importing some for the more discriminating palettes that survive.
So whatever you dietary pleasure or persuasion these are available for your perusal and enjoyment.