National Affairs: Almost Like Home

Soon the cold, canned, front-line menus will really be more edible, the Army Quartermaster Corps promised. G.I. powdered eggs, thanks to peacetime research, will now taste more like the fresh; powdered milk and milk fats will be shipped overseas separately, whipped together just before mealtime to seem more like bottled milk; canned bread and poundcake are guaranteed to hold their shape and taste for two years in any climate. The old "K" ration even has a new name—an "assault food packet"—and will be fortified by a new variety of canned meats, besides old familiars: crackers, chocolate, cigarettes, matches and toilet paper.


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