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Climate Crisis Descending Series: Reviving World War II Ration Recipes

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

As the climate crisis descends, people who inhabit any remaining stable and secure region in the world may need to ration food items. Such a practice would ensure that men and women fighting climate change on the front lines are able to consume enough calories and protein to battle extreme weather events, disease epidemics, and literal military wars — over an extended period of time.

World War II Ration Recipes to the Rescue

The idea of food rationing probably conjures up a dark vision of the world’s future. On the bright side, however, we have a ready stockpile of World War II scarcity-busting ration recipes to point us in the right direction.

Low in fat and sugar, ration recipes are said to be healthy. Once you adjust to a reduced-calorie diet, making meals from scratch, and tending a Victory Garden, I’m sure you’ll find that ration dishes are delicious. At the least, nothing creates a more appreciative appetite than hunger and deprivation.

Links to Wartime Recipes & Resources

Below, find a mini-library of wartime recipe links. Check them out today. Do print out the likeliest candidates for your table as soon as possible. You never know when the Internet will go, or you can no longer afford it.

World War II Recipes: Victory Cake and Economy Loaf | Time.com

Retro Recipes: 10 Thrifty Wartime Dishes | Reader’s Digest

World War 2 | History Cookbook

170 Wartime Recipes | The 1940’s Experiment

Rumford Sugarless Recipes – WWII Ration Recipe Sheet | RecipeCurio.com

The Wartime Kitchen: Living off Rations with Ration Book Cooking – Day One | Lavender and Lovage (the beginning of a series)

Food Rationing in Wartime America | History

20 Popular Wartime Recipes | Food Network

Rations and Recipes [Canada] | Elinor Florence

British Wartime Food | Cook’s Info

Climate change is a strange kind of enemy. No face. No stomach.


Pull in Your Belt & Bon Appétit!

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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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