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[CA] types of food 1958

Dear friends,

I know this is probably the wrong place to ask, but I'm not sure where else to go. I'm still working on that novel about 100 years in a house in L.A. (Almost finished!) and I want to write about food for the first black family in the house. (1948-1979) She is from Charleston, her great-grandfather a freed slave who made his wealth from a fancy barbershop for white men, turned into several, turned into owning his own slaves, etc. Subsequent generations married more educated and more successful, within "their own kind," but in a break from tradition, my heroine married my hero, a self-made man, from Harlem, oldest son of a Pullman car man and a domestic worker, first to go to college, first to go to med school, a war hero (II, even though he, like most, were kept on the domestic side) first to become a surgeon! My couple remain very well-to-do, always with maids, etc. What would her cooking likely be? In 1948? In 1968? Would it change? I want to write about the tastes, literally, in the house through 100 years, what were the favorite foods and what did they taste like? What would be a comfort food? Favorite treats? Salty, sweet, savory, what? What would the little ones in 1948 have as a before bedtime snack? What would the teenagers snatch from the fridge in 1962? What would be served at a dinner party in 1963?

If anybody has a better idea where I should ask these questions, I would appreciate it. Our current neighborhood isn't as friendly as in LA--the whole community here, both black and white, has a reputation for being very polite but not very welcoming and that is how we are experiencing it--so I feel really shy about going the half-block to knock on the door of our local NAACP president and say, "Pretend you live in LA in 1948 and this was your background? What would you cook?" :)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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