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Food & dining

Food for historical thought, in ‘Repast’

AMHERST — Michael Lesy and Lisa Stoffer’s “Repast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910” looks at an era very different from ours. Menus groaned with rich dishes. Pure food, not organic, was the rage. Fast food was just beginning to emerge, at places like the Childs restaurant chain and the Automat.

The culinary world of the early 1900s was almost as different from today as the tech world was. Computer? What’s a computer? Yet cyberspace is where “Repast” began.

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