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Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

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What would constitute a steampunk or dieselpunk food?

It obviously has to have something from the respective era to make it retro

It also has to have something recent to make it futurist

And it has to have some weird element that is non-mainstream in order to make it punk.

Any thoughts? This could end up being an interesting topic. Hell, all the ideas here could even make for a profitable restaurant.

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I like to cook. However, I've never thought of food as attached to any era. 50's style burger & fries, eggs and bacon? (I should ask my grandparents they types of food she ate during the 40's and 50's.
Between rationing and the depression, meals were pretty simple. Take a canned food and add a home-grown food with some homemade sauce, and there you go.

My grandmother's recipes from back then are all casseroles like this. Canned meat with home-grown green beans and a creamy milk sauce, or from-scratch mac-and-cheese with frankfurter or bratwurst slices.
I always consider food to be food. Attaching it to a different era just seems strange to me.

With that being said though, you might enjoy reading into Futurism with regards to their ideas about food. It might be interesting > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurist_meals
On the re-enactment perspective we took canned foods and ripped the labels off. If you look around online there are companies that produce retro labels for food and things of that sort. www.osfront.com produces some stuff but its all for German and Russian stuff for the most part. But if you want to add an imported look to things I guess it would work.
Spam, which is, if not futuristic, is weird (and I do like the stuff).

from looking at the following links, coffee seems to be one of prime things in a dieselpunk world. even the soup kitchens provided it.

some links:

http://www.allthatwomenwant.com/wartimerecipes.htm

http://consumerist.com/2009/02/learn-to-make-depression-era-recipes...

http://www.food.com/cookbook/depression-era-recipes-225279

http://thebuttery.rememberwenn.org/1930skitchen.htm

http://www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecades.html
For me, the most Dieselpunk food is canned meat (incl. Spam and Meatloaf). Also, boiled beef (rather than grilled), boiled potatoes, Polish-style potato salad, all kinds of beans. Speaking of drinks, wine used to be sweeter and beer was generally darker than now.
All I can think of is concerning drinks. For steampunks I think tea since that seems so Victorian and represents a more sophisticated time. For dieselpunks I think beer or any hard liquor because of 1) Prohibition, 2) it just has a edge to it, which is a distinguishing characteristic dieselpunk compared to steampunk.
Anchor Steam Beer from San Francisco can make a perfect Steampunk drink :)

Larry said:
All I can think of is concerning drinks. For steampunks I think tea since that seems so Victorian and represents a more sophisticated time. For dieselpunks I think beer or any hard liquor because of 1) Prohibition, 2) it just has a edge to it, which is a distinguishing characteristic dieselpunk compared to steampunk.
Steampunk drinks by law must include Absinthe!

Ditto for Dieselpunk and the Martini.

Food...hmmm...canned rations for the Common Folk, exorbitant exotic haute cuisine for the Elites in their Ivory Deco Skyscrapers.

Foi gras and Beluga caviar on board the China Clipper, anyone?

I have to admit that apart from my grandmother's excellent but fattening Jewish cooking, food is one of the areas I'm content to be in the modern day. :D
Canned beans with industrially-added vitamins? Just a suggestion..

Borden-style advertised if you know what I mean.

Colin Wels said:
Canned beans with industrially-added vitamins? Just a suggestion..

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