Dig in: A Satisfying History of American Food

By Lauren Gniazdowski

Just in time for our nation’s most foodie holiday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently opened its new exhibit, FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000.

The great American story is told through a vast collection of items that have shaped our nation’s evolving food culture, from science and technology—including the creation of the shopping cart and the Pringles can—to people and personalities, like Julia Child and Emeril Lagasse. Visitors can also pore over cultural and social artifacts, like the first issues of Gourmet magazine and the Williams-Sonoma catalog.