Helen Zoe Veit

Helen_VeitHelen Zoe Veit specializes in the history of food in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is now writing a book called Picky: A History of Children’s Food, which examines how American children became the pickiest eaters in the history of our species.

Her first book, Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century (UNC Press, 2013) explores food and nutrition in the Progressive Era. Modern Food, Moral Food was a finalist for the 2014 James Beard Award in Reference and Scholarship.

Veit is director of the What America Ate project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a digital archive and interactive website on food in the Great Depression.

Veit has edited three books with the American Food in History book series with Michigan State University Press. The first, Food in the Civil War Era: The North (2014) won Gourmand International’s award for best cookbook in a series published in the United States and was a finalist for the award in food history from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. The second book in the series, Food in the Civil War Era: The South, was released in 2015 and the third, Food in the American Gilded Age, was released in 2017.

Her writing on food history has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and elsewhere.

To learn more, visit her webpage at helenveit.com.

Position: Associate Professor

Field: Food, Cultural, Science/Medicine, Women & Gender

Region: United States

Office: 329 Old Horticulture

Email: hveit@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 884-4946

Website: helenveit.com

Curriculum Vita

Book Cover Modern Food, Moral Food Book Cover Food in the Civil War Era: The North Book Cover Food in the Civil War Era: The South