My FM was in a nursing home towards the end of her life. She lived through the great drepression. For the last four years of her life, she whould make a chip dive under the bed anytime a plane went over the building. It was heart breaking to watch! We can't even remotely begin to understand what some of these people went through and how society influenced their thinking. Heck, she never even watched colour tv until she was in the nursing home. We lived in a very, very small agricultural communitity where it was a huge deal when the local m&p grocery store actually brought in frozen pizzas! I can remember stories she told of when she first started school, she either walked or went by horse & buggy. She went as far as third grade until her parents pulled her out because she was needed at home. One of her sister's daughters adopted a little German girl. The rest of the family had such a hatred for Hitler they never did accept the little girl. One of her brothers fought in WWI & WWII and until the day he died had remenants of shrapnel in his head. There was a lot of bitterness over the wars and the drepression but I'll tell you anyone going though that learned to cook with a lot less than we have now. How many of us could put up with those conditions today? No LOL at all.
DH's dad refused to eat potato skins. He went through the war while living in Holland. To him, potato skins were pig food. He just wouldn't eat them yet some of the things he would eat was not all that impressive to me. Talk about soup. He knew how to make soup that would last a month and it likely cost next to nothing! His family was the soup experts.