30 episodes

Victory Kitchen is an exploration of food rationing in wartime America. Join author, historian, and vintage foodie Sarah Creviston Lee as she delves into World War II cookbooks, recipes and menu plans to discover how our grandmas got their food to fight for victory. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/victorykitchenpodcast/support

Victory Kitchen Sarah Creviston Lee

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Victory Kitchen is an exploration of food rationing in wartime America. Join author, historian, and vintage foodie Sarah Creviston Lee as she delves into World War II cookbooks, recipes and menu plans to discover how our grandmas got their food to fight for victory. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/victorykitchenpodcast/support

    Episode 29 - A Wartime Thanksgiving

    Episode 29 - A Wartime Thanksgiving

    **It's a special Thanksgiving episode!** With the world at war, America's typical Thanksgiving feast was a lot more subdued, if not more patriotic. In this episode, Sarah explores Thanksgiving attitudes from WWII, the heartfelt and the guilt-trippy. She gets the details behind turkeys, rationing and their price tags, and delights over the birth of our iconic cranberry jelly "log".

    This podcast needs YOUR support! Become a Patron! Your generosity not only gives Sarah warm fuzzies of joy, it also helps her source the very best research materials to make each episode the best it can be. To share your love for her work and to sustain future episodes, go HERE.

    Supplemental photos, recipes, and resources can be found on Sarah's blog www.victorykitchenpodcast.com.


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    • 52 min
    Episode 28 - The First Lick Goes To Uncle Sam

    Episode 28 - The First Lick Goes To Uncle Sam

    Soda Fountains were at the core of American identity in wartime, representing so much of what we were trying to protect in our way of life: a sense of home, community, a place to relax & unwind, not to mention they were the dispensaries of our country's favorite sweet food: ice cream. In this episode Sarah digs into why Americans were obsessed with ice cream despite what the rest of the world thought of us and what unique challenges soda fountains faced in a time of war. She features some wartime-inspired soda fountain creations and highlights a couple soda jerks of Hollywood fame!

    This podcast needs YOUR support! Become a Patron! Your generosity not only gives Sarah warm fuzzies of joy, it also helps her source the very best research materials to make each episode the best it can be. To share your love for her work and to sustain future episodes, go HERE.

    Supplemental photos, recipes, and resources can be found on Sarah's blog www.victorykitchenpodcast.com.


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 27 - Dinner in the Diner

    Episode 27 - Dinner in the Diner

    Eating away from home was a fact of life for busy people in WWII, and that was especially true for people traveling by rail. Dining cars were an essential part of feeding these people, but railroads were affected by wartime restrictions just like everyone else. In this episode, Sarah digs into this little researched topic to find out how railroads struggled with rationing, how civilians and the military ate aboard trains, and who made all that food while getting it done in the tiniest of kitchen spaces. She discovers a revelatory military chocolate ice cream recipe and honors the legacy of Charles Johnson - Southern Pacific Railroad's first African-American dining car steward.   

    This podcast needs YOUR support! Become a Patron! Your generosity not only gives Sarah warm fuzzies of joy, it also helps her source the very best research materials to make each episode the best it can be. To share your love for her work and to sustain future episodes, go HERE.

    Supplemental photos, recipes, and resources can be found on Sarah's blog www.victorykitchenpodcast.com. 


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 26 - Three Cheers for Trailer Town!

    Episode 26 - Three Cheers for Trailer Town!

    Wartime housing shortages led Americans resorting to live wherever and however they could while following lucrative defense factory jobs. Many of these places were not ideal. In this episode, Sarah discusses what the government did to address the housing crisis and focuses on two specific living conditions: trailers and apartments - plus the small space appliances that made cooking in them possible. She also interviews Jesse Williams, Tennessee native and museum professional, to discuss the extreme living conditions of the 75,000 residents of the top secret city Oak Ridge, TN. And finally, she discovers an easy ration recipe for using up leftover cake that's worth hoarding for yourself. Or maybe sharing. It's up to you. 



    This podcast needs YOUR support! Become a Patron! Your generosity not only gives Sarah warm fuzzies of joy, it also helps her source the very best research materials to make each episode the best it can be. To share your love for her work and to sustain future episodes, go HERE.

    Supplemental photos, recipes, and resources can be found on Sarah's blog www.victorykitchenpodcast.com.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 25 - By Rod, Gun, & Steel

    Episode 25 - By Rod, Gun, & Steel

    Season 4 is kicking off its first episode in honor of this year's National Wildlife Week (April 5th - 9th) talking about hunting, fishing, and trapping in wartime! Sarah answers some pressing questions about ammunition rationing, goes over saltwater fishing rules, and discusses some hot wildlife conservation topics of the day fresh from WWII. She also highlights the hilarious, but very irresponsible, wartime cookbook by Lawrence A. Keating where ration-mindedness is thrown out the window.

    This podcast needs YOUR support! Become a Patron! Your generosity not only gives Sarah warm fuzzies of joy, it also helps her source the very best research materials to make each episode the best it can be. To share your love for her work and to sustain future episodes, go HERE.

    Supplemental photos, recipes, and resources can be found on Sarah's blog www.victorykitchenpodcast.com.


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 24 - Captives: Part 2 - Japanese American Internees & POWs

    Episode 24 - Captives: Part 2 - Japanese American Internees & POWs

    Much like the wartime conscientious objectors, not a lot is commonly known about the vital work that German and Italian POWs and the Japanese American Internees participated in to save our nation's crops during WWII. In this episode, Sarah highlights the Japanese agricultural heritage in our country, contemplates the conflicted relationship our communities had with enemy prisoners of war, and examines just how complicated the intersection where society and agriculture meet during wartime can be. Sarah tries a delicious Raspberry Turnover recipe and interviews Roger Roop, the grandson of a local Maryland farmer who had POWs on their dairy farm during WWII. 

    This podcast needs YOUR support! Become a Patron! Your generosity not only gives Sarah warm fuzzies of joy, it also helps her source the very best research materials to make each episode the best it can be. To share your love for her work and to sustain future episodes, go to https://www.patreon.com/victorykitchenpodcast .


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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

CMW 2019 ,

Wonderful!

As someone with an inexplicable and deep love and interest in all things 40’s and wartime, this was a fabulous find. Some parallels with our current supply chain shortages and our grandparents wartime stories that really make me wish I still had them around to talk with. This feels like the next best thing. I look forward to listening to more and hope you’ll keep this going!

B.Kep ,

Engaging!

Not only does this podcast teach me a lot about a relatively niche interest of mine, but the presenter has a fantastic voice! I keep reccomending this to everyone I think might have even the tiniest interest in the topic. Always excited to see a new update!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm79 ,

Vintage food love

As a vintage foodie myself, I couldn’t hit subscribe fast enough when I found out about this this podcast. While my own personal interest is the 1950s, it’s still so fascinating to me to learn about WWII rationing and see how this style of eating evolved into my favorite decade.

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