Q: Which food was referred to as “Cincinnati olive” and “Chicago?”
A: Pork, the most widely eaten meat in the world. Domesticated since the Stone Age, wild pigs have been found throughout the world. All North American domesticated pigs are descended from a herd brought to the New World by Hernando Cortez in 1539.
In the 1800’s, Cincinatti, Ohio (nicknamed “Porkopolis”) and Chicago, Illinois became huge pork processing centers. As beef became more readily available in the late nineteenth century, the popularity of pork ebbed in as it was tied to “a coarse and boring diet of the poor.”
Beyond merely nourishing the body, what we eat and with whom we eat can inspire and strengthen the bonds between individuals, communities, and even countries.