From watching the first episode of 11.22.63 on Hulu last night, and from having read the Stephen King book…
Capsule summary for those who aren’t aware of the story: an old man discovers a portal to a date in 1960 in the back of the diner he owns, and wants to use it to keep Kennedy from being assassinated. But he has cancer and won’t last the 3 years of waiting it will take to foil the assassination as it happens, so he recruits a younger man he knows to go back in time and stop it.
As he’s educating the younger guy on 1960s life, he mentions that everything tastes better back then. And the younger guy finds this out for himself on a test run to the past- in the book, it was the best milkshake he ever had, in the hulu episode it was the best piece of pie.
For milkshakes and pie I can buy this: the milk, cream and butter would have been fresh and locally sourced from a farm that didn’t inject their grass and clover eating cattle with hormones or steroids.
And for other farm-related things I can see this being true as well- especially tomatoes, since they probably weren’t bred for hardy transport over taste yet.
But other things I’m sure would taste worse. Coffee for example- nothing but Maxwell House made with inferior Robusta beans. And beer would have all been tasteless swill at that time probably: I remember reading that the tasteless mass consumption type of “American” style beer like Budweiser and Miller started after prohibition ended. Microbreweries were 25-30 years in the future and there probably weren’t many places selling imported beer back then.
So what things would have tasted better, and what worse in 1960 (I didn’t start existing until 1964)?