Food History Happy Hour: Episode 10, Bee's Knees (1936)



Started during the coronavirus lockdown, Food History Happy Hour is a Facebook livestream hosted by Sarah Wassberg Johnson, The Food Historian (that’s me!). Each week I makes a vintage cocktail live on Facebook, and then discuss various food history topics and take live questions.

This week made the Bee’s Knees Cocktail and we discussed the role of riots and boycotts in history and food history, touching primarily on the food boycotts and riots and high cost of living protests of 1916/1917 which occurred around the globe. We also talked about women’s suffrage and farmerettes, midnight suppers, Frank Meier, inventor of the bees’ knees cocktail and his role in WWII, poison candy and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, food and riots or protests, including the role of food and cooking in the Civil Rights movement, Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House Cookbook, L. M. Montgomery, requests for next week, and a brief introduction to the history of gelatin, beaten biscuits, and other formerly upper-crust foods which became inexpensive convenience foods.

This episode originally aired on Friday, May 29, 2020.

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