Article ID: CBB133892591

Patates, pain, et lard salé valaient-ils mieux que céréales, bacon et boeuf haché? La diète quotidienne et la santé au Québec, 1861–1941 (2016)


This paper explores and identifies certain conditions that allowed for the improvement of diets or hindered access to abundant and varied foods for urban workers and farmers of Quebec during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  First, it explains how the historical understanding of questions related to diet improvement or degradation remain obscured by certain methodological limits.  Second, it compares the food comsumed by three households, using data from two sociographic studies conducted in the Charlevoix region in 1861 and in Quebec City in 1903, and an article describing the intervention of a dietician in a poor family in Montreal in 1941. This comparison reveals the great impact that income and material conditions had on daily diet during a period marked by industrialization and urbanization.

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Authors & Contributors
Payne, Brian
Medina-Albaladejo, Francisco J.
Couto, Cristiana
Ingram, Darcy
MacDowell, Laurel Sefton
Ehrenberger, Kristen Ann
Social Science History
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal for Maritime Research: Britian, the Sea and Global History
Economic History Review
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
UBC Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Open University (United Kingdom)
Concordia University (Canada)
Nutrition; dietetics
Food and foods
Public health
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
21st century
Montreal (Quebec, Canada)
Québec (Canada)
United States
Great Britain
Natural History Society of Montreal

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