food history


‘The Way We Eat Now’ Untangles the Confusing World of Modern Eating

Bee Wilson's new book is a rigorous look at the global and economic forces that shape how we feed ourselves.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
food history

This Chef Is Making Civil War-Era Cuisine to Uncover American Food’s Real Roots

"Our history is carnage. A lot of that can be seen in the food. It’s food as carnage.”
Hillary Eaton

This Is What 5,000-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Beer Tastes Like

In a new project from the British Museum, food historian Tasha Marks joined forces with AlphaBeta brewery to accurately recreate the beer drunk by Ancient Egyptians.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna

Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor Is the Unsung Godmother of American Food Writing

'Vibration Cooking' was a landmark cookbook. But the culinary pioneer has yet to get her due.
Mayukh Sen

This Book Explores the Eating Habits of Famous Female Historical Figures

Food historian Laura Shapiro’s new book examines the relationships notable women including Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, and Helen Gurley Brown had with food.
Marta Bausells
food history

An Edible History of Refrigeration

As part of an exhibition on electricity at the Wellcome Collection museum in London, food designers Josh Pollen and Mike Knowlden have created a five-course meal charting how our ability to keep food cool has changed the way we eat.
Daisy Meager

Chinese Fortune Cookies Aren’t Actually Chinese

But they do reveal a lot about the history of Chinese food in America. Pretty impressive for a tasteless biscuit.
Barclay Bram
food history

This Artist Is Recreating an 18th Century Kitchen with Bottled Scents

As part of the recent restoration of a Georgian kitchen at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, food historian Tasha Marks has created “scent chambers” to evoke its edible history.
Daisy Meager
Caribbean cooking

This Photographer Is Documenting Britain’s Hidden Caribbean Food History

Riaz Phillips has spent the last year spent travelling around England, armed with a notepad and a camera, visiting Caribbean bakeries, takeaways, and cafes to document the food and people behind them.
Daisy Meager

A Massive, 2,000-Year-Old Chunk of Butter Has Been Unearthed from a Bog

Conway found a 22-pound chunk of butter, that is estimated it to be over 2,000 years old.
Alex Swerdloff