Tofu has come a long way, from its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today. Photo: Getty Images Tofu has come a long way, from its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today. Photo: Getty Images
Tofu has come a long way, from its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today. Photo: Getty Images

How tofu made it to America, was disparaged for decades but went mainstream when 1960s counterculture exploded

  • Founding father Benjamin Franklin was fascinated with soybeans, and Asian immigrants ate tofu in the 1800s while working on the railways and after the gold rush
  • In the 1960s the US soybean industry’s growth and the rise of the counterculture ignited interest in vegetarianism, and today tofu is common in US supermarkets

Topic |   Food and Drinks
Tofu has come a long way, from its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today. Photo: Getty Images Tofu has come a long way, from its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today. Photo: Getty Images
Tofu has come a long way, from its invention in China 2,000 years ago to acceptance in mainstream America today. Photo: Getty Images
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