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The Day's food in war and peace
([ca.1918])

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INTRODUCTION. 
IDA M. TARBELL, 
Woman's Committee, the Council of National Defense. 
No finer piece of practical work was ever put up to the American 
woman than that assigned her in the national campaign for food 
control. There are no two questions about the necessity for scien- 
tific handling of our food supply. All that is needed to prove the 
point is to apply the multiplication table. We must so use our food 
that we keep all of our people abundantly nourished. At the same 
time, we must release for the Allies in Europe sufficient quantities of 
those foods which are necessary for their health and which can only 
be obtained through us. The multiplication table shows that it can 
be done. But to do it means not only resolution-it means knowl- 
edge. Nothing is more needed at the moment than a clear under- 
standing by all women of just how their part in this tremendous 
task is to be carried out. 
It is not easy for the busy woman who is not in direct touch with 
the sources of scientific information on the subject of food to learn 
just what she ought to do and how to do it. She knows that she is 
not aoing her part unless in place of those things that she gives u-p 
for the sake of the Allies, she provides her family with others which 
are equally nutritious. But where can she learn how to do this? 
This set of lessons has been prepared for her. Their intelligent 
use will teach her how to readjust the family meals to meet the 
national needs. 
The lessons have been planned and edited, at the request of the 
Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense, by experts 
from the United States Department of Agriculture and from the 
United States Food Administration. A glance at the list of names 
attached to these different lessons will show that the editors have 
been able to rally to their help some of the best-known specialists in 
the country. It is only another of the many proofs that we are 
having that there is no talent so superior that it does not gladly 
turn all that it has to the use of the country. 
It is believed that these lessons, with their lists of references and 
of carefully selected lantern slides by which they may be illustrated, 
will be of enormous educational value. What is taught here is not 
only good for war times; it is equally a contribution to peace. To 
learn to do every common thing in life in the most scientific manner 
is one of our high duties at the present moment, but learning to meet 
our great need now will do much to help us as a Nation in the future 
to do these common things in a finer and more comprehending way., 
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