“It seems funny,” Silver says, “but for thousands of years this was the thing that people cooked with.
A century ago, lard was in every American pantry and fryer. These days, lard is an insult.
“The word lard has become this generally derogatory term associated with fat and disgustingness,” says Dan Pashman who hosts a food podcast called The Sporkful. “Think about Lard-ass, the character from the movie Stand By Me. I mean, he didn’t want to be called Lard-ass.”
How did this delicious, all-natural fat from a pig become an insult? Who killed lard?