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The Changing Dinner Plate

The dinner plate, a symbol of nurturing and domestic plenty, is as reliable a time capsule as fashion or pop music. Trends are easy to spot—and easy to mock, as one decade's go-to dish becomes the next decade's punch line. (Hold the microwave-steamed veggies, please—forever.) From fat-phobic to plant-forward, here's how the national plate has evolved—and where it's heading.

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