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Posted By Don Boudreaux On December 28, 2012 @ 7:54 am In Food and Drink,Growth,History,Standard of Living | Comments Disabled

… is from page 198 of the 1981 translation of Fernand Braudel’s indispensable 1979 volume, The Structures of Everyday Life: Civilization & Capitalism 15th-18th Century [1]; (Braudel’s quotation marks indicate that he is here probably quoting the late French historian Pierre de Saint-Jacob, although the matter of who, if anyone, Braudel is quoting here is a bit unclear):

‘Salt beef was the standard winter dish’ in [pre-industrial] England, in the absence of fresh food after the summer season.

Anyone who wishes seriously to become a genuine locovore might want first to consider such dreary – and unhealthy – realities such as this one (and consider, too, the many other realities detailed in Pierre Desrochers’s and Hiroko Shimizu’s 2012 book, The Locovore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet [2]).

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[1] The Structures of Everyday Life: Civilization & Capitalism 15th-18th Century: http://www.amazon.com/Structures-Everyday-Life-Civilization-Capitalism/dp/B000OEX478/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327928279&sr=1-2

[2] The Locovore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet: http://www.amazon.com/The-Locavores-Dilemma-Praise-000-mile/dp/1586489402/ref=la_B0072J6WUE_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343389977&sr=1-1

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