Tidbit Tuesday: Yes, They’re Trying To Sell You Something

Oh, hello there! Looks like it’s time for a new Tidbit Tuesday!

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(Yeah, a year late, I know.)

Frodo sez “Ur late.”


Recently I completed an essay on advertising and marketing in food. During my travels across the internet, I had the pleasure of uncover several facts about food marketing over the centuries. Here are some of my favorites.

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Tidbit Tuesday: Turn of the Century GMOs

What’s that I smell? Another Tidbit Tuesday!?

I love you, Mrs. Beeton.


This week I’m sharing some postcards created by one William H. “Dad” Martin. No relation.

I had to.


Martin was a photographer located in Ottawa, Kansas during the turn of the century. He started out in 1894 as a photographer but it wasn’t until 1908 when he started using trick photography that he hit the big time.

“Taking geese to market” from 1909. Really big geese.


That was a pun. I made a punny.

Martin produced a series of postcards, many of which featured hugely exaggerated images of food. The photos were so popular that over the next three years he earned the equivalent of more money than I will ever have in my entire life.


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Tidbit Tuesday: Let’s Get Turkeyfied

Aloha! That’s Polish for “Holy crap, it’s Tidbit Tuesday!”



Thanksgiving is on Thursday. It’s a day for us to eat all the green bean casserole and take all the naps and have all the family fights. Those things are, of course, essential to a proper Thanksgiving, but the real star of the day is our tricky friend, the turkey.

Ooooooh so fiiiiine.


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Tidbit Tuesday: Yamology

It’s Tidbit Tuesday. Rejoice!

Tiny tubers on Tidbit Tuesday. BOOM.


It’s nearing Thanksgiving so today we’re going to talk about yams. Not all about yams because, frankly, it would take several posts. The history of the yam is complicated and lengthy and, while I think it would be mega interesting, I want to keep it simple.

So I’m going to tell you a bit about yam mythology. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about yam rituals.

An Abelam yam mask. The Abelam people put these masks on their yams to transform them into the yam god.


The yam is a staple in many cultures. There are tons of species all over the world and for the most part they aren’t that different from each other. People use the word “yam” to talk about other root crops, like sweet potatoes, taro, and oca, but they aren’t the same root. The confusion comes from the origin of the word “yam.”

Story time!

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