1920 Breakfast Menus

4 breakfast menus
Source: American Cookery (January, 1920)

Across the years (and across regions and countries), there has been wide variation in what people eat for breakfast. In the early 1900’s many people ate heavy breakfasts. By 1920 there was a focus on lighter breakfasts for those who did less strenuous labor. The January, 1920 issue of American Cookery magazine contained several breakfast menus. The menus ranged for very light breakfast options to calorie-laden options.

18 thoughts on “1920 Breakfast Menus

  1. I am hungry in the morning, but I don’t think I could handle that meat or fish. When I was student in England, the cafeteria served fish for breakfast. The Americans didn’t eat it…there was also spaghetti-o’s.

  2. So interesting the trends in diet and what is considered healthy. Breakfast is my favorite meal so the “light” versions would not work. On the other hand I would pass on the codfish balls.

  3. I’m an outdoor worker, and my first thought was that anyone who tried to serve me codfish balls would be told, “Let’s try that again.” On the other hand, it might not be all that odd. After all, one of my favorite brunch dishes at a Galveston café is a version of eggs Benedict that substitutes lump crabmeat for ham.

  4. One thing that relates to this and the item about diets just below that’s easy to miss is how many calories a person burned in a day a century ago.

    I skip breakfast and often skip lunch, and sometimes both, a fair amount. The only breakfast here that I’d probably eat, if offered to me, on a normal day, is Light Breakfast I. Maybe I’d get lucky and they’d have bagels rather than toast.

  5. How interesting! The first time I visited New England I was amazed at how different their breakfasts were from the traditional Southern breakfasts I was used to eating. It is interesting to see how our first meal of the day has changed over the years. I only eat something very light, preferring to eat breakfast foods later in the day. Pancakes and bacon on a cold winter night is the best! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Well ,no matter which breakfast you choose, you get coffee! 👏 I think though that corn mush with steam figs is a little hard for me to imagine as good…. I love both corn mush ( fried) and figs ….but together?

  7. I’m always amazed by people who can do well on a light breakfast with no protein in it. If I don’t get a morning dose of protein I feel terrible for the rest of the day. It’s fascinating what different things people need to get the day off to a good start. Having leftovers from dinner for breakfast works well for me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s