A network for those interested in the history of nutrition and related fields. This network is intended for the growing number of scholars, teachers, documentary filmmakers, and museum and library professionals engaged with the history of nutrition in any time period or region.

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"The Invention of Food" - UT Institute for Historical Studies Conference at Austin, Texas - April 27-28, 2017

I'm forwarding this open invitation to our food history conference next week (April 27-28) on "The Invention of Food" in Austin, Texas. Flyers with event details can be found here.

–Xaq Frohlich


March was National Nutrition Month!

This week, the American Academy of Peditrics sent out an advertising blast, alerting all of us pediatricians that we can pay for a variety of books and online courses to improve our knowledge about obesity, oral health, and food allergies in children. I'm not particularly interested in giving them (more) money at this point in my training, but if you're anything like me, you probably grasp any opportunity to talk about your interest in the history of nutrition. I wish the AAP had sent out their email earlier.

Nutribird Costume for the American Dietetics Association

This photograph depicts a member of the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wearing a Nutribird costume in 1983 or 1984. The Nutribird mascot was created by the American Dietetics Association (ADA) for National Nutrition Week in 1977. The bird is supposed to have a head of lettuce for a body and a carrot for a beak. The costume here includes a green bird's head, a green cape, and a green sash reading "Nutri[bird?]" worn over a cream-colored long-sleeve dress.