Reduce by Half Episodes 38 & 39 Wesley Livesay & Food in the Great War

Welcome everyone to our first ever 2 part podcast! We are fast approaching the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending The Great War on the Western Front. To celebrate, we’re talking with Wesley Livesay, host of The History of the Great War Podcast about food in the Great War. It’s (in our opinion) a fascinating discussion. Take a listen and enjoy!

Reduce by Half Episode 38: Wesley Livesay & Food in the Great War pt. 1

In the first of these two episodes, we talk about food during the Great War for civilian populations. We talk about how the war affected neutral countries, the Turnip Winter, the Pork Fall, how bread recipes changed, and more. Listen on iTunes, your favorite podcast platform, or by using the player below:

Reduce by Half Episode 39: Wesley Livesay & Food in the Great War pt. 2

In the second of the episodes, we talk about food in the trenches during The Great War. We talk about standard eating arrangements, some not so standard eating arrangements (it involves hippos), and a dreaded stew called “Maconochie”. See our take on Maconochie below, and listen to this episode on iTunes, your favorite podcast platform, or by using the player below:


History of the Great War Podcast

HistoryOfTheGreatWarPodcast

The History of the Great War Podcast is a weekly history podcast sharing the story of The Great War hosted by Wesley Livesay. The podcast is narrated in an entertaining and easy to understand fashion, and is impeccably sourced. If you enjoy history and podcasts, you should definitely listen to the podcast. If you really enjoy the podcast, you can support Wesley’s work, and gain access to exclusive podcasts by supporting him on Patreon. I’m a proud Patreon supporter, and I encourage you to check out the podcast!

History of the Great War Food Podcasts

If you’d like to listen to Wesley’s podcasts about life on the homefront and food in The Great War, just click on these links:

Episode 110: Food at the Front

Episode 109: Life on the Homefront pt. 4

Episode 108: Life on the Homefront pt. 3

Episode 107: Life on the Homefront pt. 2

Episode 106: Life on the Homefront pt. 1

If you find this subject interesting, consider reading The Hunger War: Food, Rations and Rationing 1914-1918. If you purchase it via this link, Wesley will get a portion of the sale!


maconochie stew

As we discussed on part 2 of the podcast, Maconochie Stew was a common – and commonly reviled – part of life in the trenches for British soldiers. We made the recipe, with a few tweaks, and you can try it at home as well. Watch our video for instructions and commentary (turn on audio or closed captioning), and get the whole recipe below.

If you’re interested in even more history behind this stew, click here to read an article about the stew from the BBC.


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Poster from the Smithsonian collection.

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