Wise Eating in Wartime

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Wise Eating in Wartime
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64 pages | 4 1/2 x 6 | © 2015
Cloth $11.00 ISBN: 9781904897705 Published July 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
As World War II progressed, British citizens began to suffer from increasingly strict and unreliable rations. Vegetable and fruit supplies were limited. White bread was nonexistent. Previously commonplace British staples like tea, butter, and milk were tightly controlled. The constant and severe alteration in diet eventually began dipping the nation’s morale and health, resulting in a wave of media attempting to revive citizens’ attitudes and lifestyles. The “how-to” renaissance arose in 1943 with the creation of popular books, pamphlets, and radio shows that prove to be as surprisingly useful today as they were during wartime.
Wise Eating in Wartime compiles fifteen talks broadcast by Dr. Charles Hill, the "Radio Doctor," as he was known to millions of listeners. These 1943 talks centered around wartime diets, covering everything from using rations to create ideal dishes to staying “tuned up to concert pitch” by making balanced, nutritious meals. From the parent feeding a family to a college student eating alone, everyone can still profit from Dr. Hill’s cheerful and practical advice.
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