Aleksandra Zaprutko-Janicka

Your Fridge is Ruled by the War

TEDxWarsaw 2016

6 min watch

Historian and writer Aleksandra Zaprutko-Janicka has forged her curiosity about llittle-known historical facts into co-creating the portal Ciekawostki Historyczne (Historical Curiosities) and, more recently, into writing the book "Okupacja od kuchni", devoted to cooking during World War II. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Aleksandra collects old cookbooks and handbooks for housewives and reads the same newspapers as our great-grandmothers did, literally. All this has served as inspiration for some of the two hundred articles she has written, for numerous current affairs and history magazines. Her main point? What and how we eat, or more precisely, store and prepare our food, is steeped in unconscious remembering of our parent's wartime trauma.