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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

SFoodie: What did they watch before the Food Network?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2007 at 10:22 PM

By Chef John from Food Wishes Video Recipes

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I found this clip on YouTube and thought it would give some of you (my age) a nostalgic chuckle. I was one of those guys that took Home Economics in high school instead of Shop class. It wasn’t really because I wanted to be a chef at that point; it was more a choice between making hot chocolate chip cookies, or bird feeders and ash trays. Also, I was 15 at the time, and the Home-Ec class had 15 girls and 3 guys, while the Shop class had 15 guys and 3 girls. You do the math.

Anyway, during class we watched many of these “instructional films” that were made in the fifties (actually this one was made in 1949). I always found them strangely mesmerizing in a slightly disturbing, hypnotic sort of way. It was probably all the subliminal anti-communist messages they spliced in between the frames. Enjoy!

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