What Did Thoreau Really Eat? You Might Be Surprised

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On Henry David Thoreau’s diet…

There’s no shortage of myths about Henry David Thoreau, even in this American literary superhero’s hometown of Concord, Mass. In fact, my informal poll of locals reveals that it’s the rare person who knows what the 19th-century naturalist grew at Walden Pond, let alone how he survived.

Apparently, even as the town celebrates Thoreau’s bicentennial birthday bash, the truth about his diet is as elusive as any celebrity’s.

To get the real skinny on Thoreau’s eating habits, I did a little research. Then, after a quick tour of Wikipedia and CliffsNotes, I consulted biographers past and present, visited the family farm and immersed myself in Walden – Thoreau’s first-hand account of his two-year staycation in Concord’s exurban wilderness.

Read on at The Salt.

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