food history


Richard Nixon's Diet Was Extremely 70s, Even Less Appealing than Trump's

Richard Nixon would have been 106 today, and probably still eating cottage cheese with ketchup.
Bettina Makalintal
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

How a Cult Used Salad Bars to Orchestrate the Worst Bioterror Attack in US History

A new Netflix documentary, 'Wild Wild Country,' revisits the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack that infected 751 people with salmonella.
Mayukh Sen

Liza Minnelli's Vodka-Doused Caviar Baked Potatoes Are Out of Control

Make them in honor of the legend's 72nd birthday.
Mayukh Sen
french food

King Henry IV's 420-Year-Old Chicken Recipe Still Sounds Pretty Tight

Make the French monarch's 'poule-au-pot' tonight.
Mayukh Sen

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
fortune cookies

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 dessert.
Barclay Bram
Caribbean cooking

A Look Inside 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

Archaeologists Discover Tools that Prehistoric Butchers Used 250,000 Years Ago

How many nights have you listlessly laid awake in your bed and stared into the inky abyss of the night sky wondering the following: “Just what in the hell did early man use to butcher rhinos in their quest for Stone Age sustenance?”
Alex Swerdloff
food history

Ole Missus vs. Mammy: Who Owns Southern Food?

A response to Cynthia Bertelsen's “Edna Lewis and the Mythology Behind Modern Southern Food.”
Michael Twitty

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

Swiss Cheese Has Been Made in the Alps Since Prehistoric Times

An international team of scientists has found that cheese was made in what is now Switzerland as far back as the first millennium BC.
Alex Swerdloff