The History of Food

Pieter Claesz
… bit of a history buff. And by a bit, I mean I’m obsessed. We can’t truly understand ourselves without first understanding where we came from. History gives us a window into our …

The History of Doughnuts

Doughnuts
… a new “food holiday” to celebrate. Well, according to Twitter (and various other reliable internet sources), today we are obligated to celebrate those deep fried, soft, …

Charles Dickens – Food and Drink

Oliver Twist by James Mahoney (1810-1879). Wikimedia Commons
food imagery, with passages so colorful they made me salivate in their luscious detail. Of all the fiction I enjoyed growing up, no author captured the sensory experience of …

The History of Pie in America

American Pie
… American food culture, becoming a symbol of home, tradition, and plenty. Pies are the ultimate home-baked treat; the smell of a freshly baked pie cooling on the windowsill is etched …

Fun Food Facts for President’s Day

Food Tray Featured
… the food history of our American presidents in anticipation of President’s Day. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of the more strange and interesting food facts …

Food Will Win The War: History of Meatless Mondays

Food Will Win the War: Herbert Hoover & Meatless Mondays on The History Kitchen
… has a history stretching back to World War I. It all started with Herbert Hoover prior to his presidency… and it was originally Tuesdays, not Mondays, when Americans were asked …

A Slice of Pumpkin History

A Slice of Pumpkin History on The History Kitchen
… culinary history. The possibility of having access to something that could be planted, controlled and eaten meant less need for foraging and more likelihood of settling down in one …

Popcorn: A “Pop” History

How Popcorn Got Its "Pop" on The History Kitchen
… PBS Food: Popcorn Grits Weelicious: Popcorn Trail Mix Simply Recipes: Caramel Corn Pass the Sushi: Halloween Popcorn Two Peas and their Pod: Garlic Rosemary …

Food Trend for 2013 – Fermentation

Food Trend for 2013 - Fermentation
… “food trends” for the new year. Last year could have been called “The Year of Kale,” as this ancient superfood drew attention for its powerful nutritional qualities. …

Halloween – A Foodie History

Halloween - A Foodie History
… many food traditions, some with ancient roots. Pumpkins are carved, kids bob for apples, and candy is consumed in massive quantities… lots and lots of candy. In fact, the amount …

The History of Pasta

Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil
… my great food weaknesses. In my world, there are few dishes that can compete with the yum-factor of angel hair pasta topped with creamy vodka sauce. That’s why I was so happy to …

Coffee – A Caffeinated History

Cup and pot of coffee on beige background
… PBS Food – Mexican Coffee The History Kitchen, Gil Marks – Sour Cream Coffeecake    The Pioneer Woman – Perfect Iced Coffee     Simply …

The History of Cereal

The History of Cereal
… way? History tells us no. In fact, cereal started out very different than the colorful kid-friendly boxes we buy today. It may be hard to believe, with its endless flavor …

The History of Sushi

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… the history of sushi is surrounded by legends and folklore. In an ancient Japanese wives’ tale, an elderly woman began hiding her pots of rice in osprey nests, fearing that …

Foods of the California Gold Rush

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… the main food provider to the gold-rush population. In 1849, when gold rush towns were first taking root, most food was cooked at the mining sites or in newly established boarding …

A Brief History of Hamburgers

Hamburger History
… favorite food,” the history of the hamburger is filled with mythology. Many folks have claimed they were the first to place a ground beef patty between two slices of white bread. …

The History of Ice Cream

The History of Ice Cream
… on PBS Food,  click here  to read. If you grew up in America, odds are you know this little foodie rhyme: “You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream!” For …

The History of Barbecue and Grilling

History of Barbecue and Grilling
… to cook food—it’s a social gathering that has brought people together for centuries. During the Republic’s earliest years, Americans held barbecues on the 4th of July not only …

The History of the Sandwich

sandwich with bacon and vegetables
… item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal.” Seems like a simple enough concept. So, who came up with this innovative way of …

The History of Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles
… the history of this dish, we can start by breaking it down into its two basic elements – fried chicken and waffles. Let’s start with fried chicken, which shows up in its …

Benjamin Franklin – A Founding Foodie

1767 Portrait Benjamin Franklin
… day in history– January 17, 1706– Benjamin Franklin was born. An American founding father, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and signed the Constitution of …

Speakeasies, Sofas, and the History of Finger Foods

Buffalo chicken wings on plate with blue cheese sauce and celery.
… of food throughout the night. Canapés like finger sandwiches and stuffed mushrooms proved to be the perfect solution. These small bites could be carried in one hand, drink in …

Emily Dickinson, A Poet in the Kitchen

Emily Key Photo
… American history. But did you know that she was also an accomplished cook? Emily seems to have been most at home in the kitchen, as evidenced by letters and documents from her family …

Banking on Butterfat – The History of Häagen-Dazs

The History of Häagen Dazs on The History Kitchen
History. The Overlook Press, New York, NY. Smith, Andrew F. (2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. Weiss, Laura …

Is Microwaving Food Healthy or Unhealthy?

Is Microwaving Food Healthy or Unhealthy? The Surprising News from Harvard Medical School #health #wellness
Food Healthy or Unhealthy? The Surprising Truth from Harvard Medical School #health #wellness These days, it seems like everywhere we turn there is another article …