How the socialist food industry reformed everyday life in Hungary

The ‘modern’ diet

The second half of the 20th century saw major changes in food consumption worldwide: new types of ready and ready-to-cook meals, frozen and canned goods appeared on the shelves transforming daily life. Although in the West these new technologies boosted the lucrative character of food production and food commerce, in the Eastern Bloc the innovations were praised as bringing the promise of a flawless and perfectly planned socialist economy and of a standardised daily life.

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