Saturday, 17 November 2007 by Phil Lees
By the early 1800s the average American was eating almost 180 pounds of meat a year, 48 pounds more than people would consume a century later, but fresh meat remained largely unknown because of the difficulty keeping it fresh. Even city people often had chickens in the yard and a hog or two left to scavenge in the street. Until well into the nineteenth century, visitors to New York remarked on the hazard to traffic presented by wandering hogs along Broadway.
From Bill Bryson's Made in America via The Elegant Sufficiency. The answer to excess meat: the meatshake.
Real rappers drink their meat.