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Food Tablet  
  All of your nutrients in one easy-to-swallow form factor.  

Early instance of the "food tablet" idea.

"These elements are then synthetically combined into food tablets for those of us who are yet alive."
Technovelgy from John Jones's Dollar, by Harry Stephen Keeler.
Published by Black Cat in 1915
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Compare to the somewhat tastier food bricks from the 1971 novel Ringworld by Larry Niven.

Compare to the compact food pastilles from The Senator's Daughter (1879) by Edward Page Mitchell, nutritious pellets from Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 (1899) by Arthur Bird, concentro from Armageddon: 2419 A.D. (1928) by Philip Frances Nowlan, wine pellets from Redmask of the Outlands (1934) by Nat Schachner and dainties from Prelude to Foundation (1988) by Isaac Asimov.

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