Re: Food, glorious fo--, wait, what ARE all these ingredients?
re: "Food is vastly cheaper than it used to be and food only makes up 13% or so of the family budget these days as opposed to 40% in 1900." I snagged on this one, but for a different reason!
May I suggest that "a few" other expenditures has contributed to the apparent shrinkage of the food part of the budget; electricity, hot water, phone service, car payments, TV package - together adds up to a substantial part of the budget - all niceties they'd do without in the "grand ol' days"!
Regards, four Yorkshiremen