According to historians, modern society can learn a lot from the myriad ways people put food on the table during the Great Depression. Here are eight recipes that might seem strange today but were regular features at mealtime in the Depression Era. For more recipes from that time, pick up A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression. Poor Man’s MealDuring the Great Depression, potatoes and hot dogs were very inexpensive, so many meals included either or both ingredients. Hoover Stew was the name given to the soup from soup kitchens or similarly thin broths.