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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Vegan. Not By Choice.

How do supply food for an army of a million men while at the same time providing civilians with an adequate diet and no rationing?

That was the dilemma facing the U.S. as it prepared to enter World War One.

Herbert Hoover took over the U.S. Food Administration in 1917, coming back from a position as a food relief administrator in Europe. His success in dealing with these major crises were instrumental in his becoming Secretary of Commerce in 1921 and later President. The Depression required different skills, but at the time Hoover was greatly admired.

An article by Gina Murray on the Eat. Drink. Better. site lays out Hoover's plan. It called for voluntary compliance with a series of meatless and wheatless days. (Fish and poultry were still allowed on "meatless" days.)

Murray reprints a Vegetable Patties entrée recipe on that page that was designed for meatless and wheatless days. It's also dairy-free and corn-free.


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