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Industrial Revolution Food

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Cooking Up Some World History!

50 Authentic, Easy-to-Make Recipes from All Periods of World History!

The Industrial Revolution swept across Europe in the 1800's. Animal and human power were soon replaced by machinery. New laws meant that landowners could consolidate their fields, allowing a new planting technology to flourish. Science showed farmers that greater yields could be made by rotating traditional crops with new ones. There were also great strides in machinery. Plows were being made of steel instead of wood or iron, threshing machines halved processing times, and the steam engine made both of these work faster. With these tools, farmers were soon producing enough crops to feed the rising city populations.

Railroads eased this transition. Transporting food from the country to the city became quick, and with compressed refrigerated air it also became possible to ship fresh goods. Companies began to make use of the new technology as well. Canned foods were first developed at the beginning of the 19th century. Pasteurization allowed people to develop food that could be kept for longer periods while still maintaining their flavor. Companies used these technologies to mass produce new foods. And, for the most part, the masses loved them.

Recipes from the Industrial Revolution.


Crumpets, served with tea, were favorites of many fictional characters.

Garibaldi Biscuits

One of the biggest changes in food to come from the Industrial Revolution was the advent of commercially produced packaged foods.

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A photograph of Garibaldi biscuits
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