Anna Gragert
November 11, 2015 10:15 am

Get ready, because we’re about to discuss two very important topics: history and food. Even if history wasn’t your favorite subject in school, trust me: You’re going to be very, very interested in this history lesson, which takes you on a video time travel tour through the history of food trends. That’s right, food is getting same treatment that fashion and beauty have gotten, in which we get to see a century’s worth of changes flash before our very eyes. Behold: 100 Years of Family Dinners.

Instead of exploring the fashion and beauty trends of our collective past — like with Cut Video’s 100 Years of Beauty series — Mode.com decided to take a different approach, one that involves the three fs: family, food, and former times.

With the holidays fast approaching, many are already planning out the menu for their family feasts and looking for some food-related inspiration, so Mode’s timing is impeccable! Their informative video starts in 1915 and works its way up to 2015. What you have in between is an assortment of dinners that pay homage to bygone eras. The coolest part is that they not only focus on the dinners — they also focus on the plates. As you’re taken on a journey back in time, you get to see the various dinnerware styles that were popular at long-ago family tables. Who knew that plates had so much to say?

Now, let’s talk food.

First, we have a literal classic: 1915’s roast beef and franconia potatoes. Note: franconia potatoes are potatoes that are cooked in the same pan where the meat is roasting, so that they can baste in the fat. So far, nothing too weird, right?

Then, in 1945, we start to see the effects of canned food. In others words: We have Spam and lots of it. On the side, there’s a baked potato and lima beans. So… this particular dish may not be your holiday feast muse, unless you like Spam. In that case, go for it!

Ah, TV dinners. Welcome to 1955! Simply “heat and serve” and there you have it! A meal fit for a television connoisseur.

In 1975, things got cheesy (and we are totally cool with that). For dinner, families enjoyed some cheese fondue. Honestly, this is our favorite dinner thus far and we would be 100% on board if our relatives wanted to have a fondue party in honor of the holidays.

If you want to go back to 2005, you better grab some chopsticks and soy sauce because SUSHI. (Also — we love this chic plate.)

That was just a sneak peek at some of the former foods that were feasted upon. If you want to see the full video, your wish is our command:

We’d love to know: what’s your fave family dinner?

[Images via YouTube.]

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