Faux historic food: stuff George Washington ate, and more

Sandy Levins has the coolest job. She makes sure the kitchens and dining rooms of historic houses and museums are well-stocked with era-appropriate replica food. For just the smokehouse of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, Levins was commissioned to make 70 pieces of meat out of clay, papier-mâché and plaster of Paris. That’s 70 hams, hog jowls, bacon slabs and pork shoulders. Which is quite an appetite. Wonder if these faux dishes can help people to recover from pica. [Photos by Hoag Levins]

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