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Helen Veit in The Atlantic

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Dr. Helen Veit, project director of What America Ate, wrote an article that was featured in The Atlantic on October 7, 2015. The article discussed the history of leftovers in American culture from the 19th century to the present day, highlighting the economic conditions that aided in the rise and fall of leftovers appreciation. Dr. Veit suggests in her article that leftovers cooking culture may be on the rise again due to Americans having a greater knowledge of production, labor, and transportation costs of the food we eat.

Helen Veit

"I did most of the research for "An Economic History of Leftovers" at MSU's Special Collections, which has one of the best historical culinary collections in the country," says Veit, "As I read all sorts of sources about leftovers, it became clear that the Great Depression was an important turning point in making leftovers a regular feature in Americans' diets." Veit also appeared on NPR's All Things Considered on October 14, 2015, to discuss her article.

Veit is an associate professor in the Michigan State Department of History, where she focuses on food and nutrition history from the 19th and 20th centuries. On top of this, she is also spearheading the What America Ate project in partnership with Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. The project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will create a website and digital database on food and cookbooks during the Great Depression era.

To view Veit’s full article in The Atlantic, visit: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/an-economic-history-of-leftovers/409255/

By Katie Susko