The History Of Food

Food is an essential part of our lives it plays a vital role in our well-being and existence, food has been around for as long as humans have been on this planet and it comes as no surprise as it is a fundamental part of our survival, but as we have evolved as humans, our food has also gone through a number of variations, different ingredients have been introduced and new methods of cooking have also been discovered.

Here is a trip back in time and a brief look inside the cooking traditions that were followed back in the early ages

Stone Age

People in this time period ate every edible species they could get their hands on. This comprised of small mammals, large mammals, insects, birds,  seeds, fish, nuts, roots, fruit, young leaves,  honey, seaweed, eggs, and fungi. For most of the stone Age, people were hunter-gatherers. Later as they evolved they started finding edible plants and berries, the items that these stone agers ate depended on the seasons and what they could find in those seasons

Ancient Egypt

ancient Egyptian food was plain and dull. The main food of the Egyptians was bread and beer. The bread was baked outside and because of the desert, sand was often blown into the dough. eating bread with grains of sand in it diminished people’s teeth.

In ancient Egypt as in all early civilizations, meat was a luxury and only the rich could afford to eat it regularly. Nonetheless, the Egyptians ate pigs, sheep, goats, and cows but meat often came from ducks and geese. Egyptian food included numerous vegetables, such as onions, marrows, leeks, radishes, beans, garlic, lentils, and lettuces. They also ate fruit like melons and figs. Pomegranates were very valuable and were eaten largely by the wealthy. The Egyptians raised spices and herbs and they obtained cooking oil.

Roman Food

A Roman dining room was called a triclinium. The Romans ate called breakfast the tenaculum and it consisted of fruit and bread. At midday, they ate a meal called the prandium that consisted of fish, cold meat, bread, and vegetables. The central meal was called the Cena and was eaten at night.

The Romans were also very attached to fish sauce and called it liquamen. They also savored oysters, which they would export from Britain. The Romans directed cooking to a field of fine art.

16th Century Food

In the 16th century, rich people still ate different types of food with a vast deal of meat. However common people usually ate dull food. In the morning they had cheese with bread and onions. They only had one cooked meal in a day which comprised of mixed grain with water, vegetables, and strips of meat. everyone ate bread but it varied in quality as Rich people’s bread was made from fine white flour and was more fluffy and well prepped than. Poor people’s bread which was coarse and made of barley or rye.

20th Century Food

Common people ate better food in the 20th century. In 1900 some families sat down to a meal of a plate of potatoes and malnutrition was common among poor children. The food was also expensive. In 1914 a working-class family in Britain spent about 60% of their income on food. By 1937 the food was cheaper and they only spent about 35% of their income on food. Moreover, sweets were a luxury in 1914. They became much more common in the 1920s and 1930s. Meanwhile, new biscuits were introduced in the 20th century including custard creams in 1908 and bourbons in 1910.

Ordinary people began to eat a wider variety of food in the late 20th century. That was slightly due to freezers, fridges, and later as microwave ovens became popular as well. Chinese and Indian takeaways and restaurants became common. So, in the 1980s, they did hamburgers and pizza chains, these food joints started giving huge deals and discounts such as Kuchis deals and discounts and pizza o pizza deals in Karachi. several different kinds of food were produced in the 20th century. People had been eating ice cream for centuries but the ice cream cone was patented in 1903. Choc-ices went on sale in the USA in 1921. The ice-lolly was patented in 1923. Sliced bread was first sold in the USA in 1928. Spam was invented in 1936. Instant coffee was invented in 1901. Fish fingers went on sale in 1955. Meanwhile, in 1954 Marc Gregoire developed the non-stick frying pan.

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