Antedating of "Comfort Food"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 13 03:26:57 UTC 2014

comfort food (OED 1977)

1970 _Trenton Evening Times_ 15 July 51 (America's Historical Newspapers)  [Quoting Liza Minnelli:]  "I love comfort foods!  Comfort foods are baked potatoes with sour cream, pepper and butter or cream cheese on hot rye toast.  Comfort food is anything you just sort of yum, yum, yum ..." she smacked her lips, "and takes a while to swallow.  It's good and very savory.  Hamburger with a lot of junk on it, is comfort food."

Fred Shapiro

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