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Keeping Well in Wartime

This box set collects two of the Imperial War Museums’ most popular historical publications: Wise Eating in Wartime and Keeping Well in Wartime. Both were published by the UK Ministry of Information in the middle of World War II and were aimed at ordinary British citizens who were beginning to suffer under increasingly strict rationing. As previously commonplace British staples like tea, butter, and milk became ever more tightly controlled, the constant and severe alteration in diet eventually began to be felt in the nation’s morale and health, resulting in a wave of media attempting to revive citizens’ attitudes and lifestyles. These two books exemplify the official response—and signal the start of a “how-to” renaissance that arose in those years of the war. Viewed today, they are charming reminders of a difficult time, even as the advice they offer remains practical and relevant.

128 pages | 4 1/2 x 6 | © 2015

Food and Gastronomy

History: British and Irish History

Table of Contents

Wise Eating in Wartime
1. A Little of What You Fancy
2. That Sunday Joint
3. Offal Good Value for Money
4. Fat Fish and Lean Fish
5. The World's Best Food
6. What can we do with Milk?
7. Cheese - can you Beat it?
8. Green Leaves make Rosy Cheeks
9. Do we eat too much Sugar?
10. Soup, Soup, Beautiful Soup!
11. Soft Drinks and Hard Drinks
12. Menu for the Ideal Meal
13. How to Feed a Fever
14. Food Fair-Tales
15. A Matter of Taste

How to Keep Well in Wartime
Foreword by the Minister of Health
1. Be Regular in your Living Habits
2. Get Enough Sleep
3. Get your share of Air and Sunshine
4. Keep Mind and Body Active
5. Choose the Right Food
6. Be Moderate in All Things
7. A Word to those who Worry
8. Fight Disease with Hygiene
9. Stop Germs from Spreading 1
0. Help Your Self to be Well

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