Eating in Survival Town: Food in 1950s Atomic America


Tunc T. E.

COLD WAR HISTORY, vol.15, no.2, pp.179-200, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14682745.2014.950239
  • Title of Journal : COLD WAR HISTORY
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-200

Abstract

Nuclear anxiety, as crafted and perpetuated by the United States Federal Civil Defense Administration's programmes, not only informed how, and what, Americans ate in the 1950s, but also contoured their relationship with food. This culinary-based nuclear anxiety was reflected in government-sponsored programmes such as Grandma's Pantry, advice concerning the content of bomb/fallout shelter food stashes, and the cookbooks of the period. The federal government's obsession with atomic age cuisine saturated everything, from its promotion of canned convenience foods, to the question of what would happen if a pantry were exposed to a nuclear explosion as was the case in Operation Cue, to what Americans put on their plates and in their martini glasses.