Food History

What Food Was *Actually* Served at the First Thanksgiving

Fall

What Food Was *Actually* Served at the First Thanksgiving

Not on the menu: sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, or mashed potatoes.

Latest

Indian

Why Pasta Is an Essential Part of Indian Regional Cuisine

And why it deserves a place in your cooking repertoire, too.

Snack

The 2,000-Year-Old History of Vending Machines

Dispensing everything from Sunchips to holy water, live crabs to cappuccinos.

Books

How a 1661 ‘Ladies Directory’ Blazed the Trail for Contemporary Cookbooks

In 'Women in the Kitchen,' award-winning culinary historian Anne Willan profiles women who changed the way we eat, from the 17th century to today.

A Bite-Size Look Back at the 40-Year History of Cape Cod Potato Chips

Potato

A Bite-Size Look Back at the 40-Year History of Cape Cod Potato Chips

The Tumultuous History of Atlantic City’s Salt Water Taffy

Candy

The Tumultuous History of Atlantic City’s Salt Water Taffy

Is Rooh Afza the Most Refreshing Drink in the World?

Travel

Is Rooh Afza the Most Refreshing Drink in the World?

This Cult-Favorite 1960s Dish Is Still Wildly Popular—But Why?

Meatball

This Cult-Favorite 1960s Dish Is Still Wildly Popular—But Why?

The Forgotten Inventor of the Fluffernutter Sandwich

Sandwich

The Forgotten Inventor of the Fluffernutter Sandwich

Why Scrapple Is The Mystery Meat of My Dreams

Cornmeal

Why Scrapple Is The Mystery Meat of My Dreams

Meet Hilsa, the Beloved Fish That Connects Bengalis

Travel

Meet Hilsa, the Beloved Fish That Connects Bengalis

The True Origin Story of Mardi Gras in America

Mardi Gras

The True Origin Story of Mardi Gras in America

The Oldest Cake Recipe From the Oldest House in New York

Long Reads

The Oldest Cake Recipe From the Oldest House in New York

The Cross-Continental History of Panettone

Italian

The Cross-Continental History of Panettone

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