Watch 100 Years of American Dinners in Three Minutes

The tradition of sitting down for a family meal at the end of the day is as American as meat and potatoes—or sloppy joes and macaroni and cheese.

Over the past 100 years, our idea of what constitutes a “traditional” American dinner has gone through quite the evolution. In this video, Mode.com breaks up the century’s most iconic family dishes decade-by-decade. From the TV dinners of the '50s to the hard-shell taco meals of the '90s, it's apparent that healthy eating rarely took priority over convenience. Things started to take a turn in the 21st century, with meals of sushi and grilled salmon with quinoa and kale representing the two respective decades so far. That’s definitely an improvement over the fried spam we were eating in the '40s. Check out the full video above.

[h/t: Food Republic]

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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