The War on Whiteness (in Food)

Quinoa, not ground-up ants

My new column in Taki`s Magazine is on how “white bread,” “vanilla,” and the like became ethnic epithets. 

Then again, the Borscht Belt jokesters did have a point: Average American whites in the middle of the 20th century sure did eat a lot of literally white stuff.

How come?

I finally started to understand when my wife mentioned that sometime before WWII her grandfather had worked inside a Chicago ice cream factory. He came home and told his children, “After what I saw today, never eat any flavor of ice cream other than vanilla.”

Read the whole thing there.