Most Popular Recipes in the Decade You Were Born

Check out our list of recipes that defined each of the last 12 decades
Most Popular Recipes in the Decade You Were Born


The macaroni and cheese craze has been going strong for the past six years, crossing lines between high- and low-brow dining.

Do you remember when sushi just wasn’t a thing in the U.S.? Now, sushi is available at Yankee Stadium. Then, there was the 1960s fondue craze, which became the preferred interactive dining option at trendy dinner parties. There are certain foods and recipes that spread like wildfire and define a generation, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the most popular recipes from each decade, starting with the dawn of the twentieth century to today.

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We took a look inside the ovens, grills, stovetops, and even microwaves in the twentieth century and the begging of this century to determine what foods are fundamentally representative of the food culture during that time period.  

Some of the most popular foods we snack on today were first created at the turn of the twentieth century. The first reference of our favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich didn’t appear in print until 1901 and it would be about another 20 years before “sliced bread” would become available to consumers.

The invention of foods like Spam, Karo syrup, Crisco, Jell-O, and frozen food all played a major role in the development of food trends. World events that limited what was available like World War I and II, as well as the Great Depression, meant cheap food based off of shelf-stable canned foods rose in popularity.

Glimpse into food history from the last 12 decades with recipes and historical perspective that explain why these recipes were so popular in their time.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.