Helen Zoe Veit specializes in American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the history of food and nutrition. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Yale University. Her first book, Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina 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. Her next book, Small Appetites: A History of Children’s Food, examines the history of children’s eating during the last two hundred years.
Veit is the editor of the American Food in History book series with Michigan State University Press. The first book in the series, Food in the Civil War Era: The North, was released in 2014 and won Gourmand International’s award for best cookbook in a series published in the United States and was a finalist for the 2015 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 Spring 2015.
Veit is also director of the What America Ate project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a three-year project to create a digital archive and interactive website on food in the Great Depression. The What America Ate website will launch in 2016 and will be completed in 2017.