A history of the mint julep cocktail, a favorite cocktail served each year at the Kentucky Derby.
The History Kitchen - Food History Archives
An archive of posts related to food history and culinary anthropology, written by Tori Avey and her contributors. From the history of popcorn to Mark Twain's "Little Bill of Fare," what Abraham Lincoln ate to edible aphrodisiacs, a variety of fun and fascinating topics are explored here. This category covers the background of popular ingredients, what famous historical figures were eating, the stories behind our favorite recipes and more.
Nourishing nutritional foods to boost health and support healing. Natural healing ingredients, their history and benefits.
Learn the ancient history of turmeric spice, a powerful healing food and natural coloring used for thousands of years. Includes turmeric recipes.
What did miners eat during the Gold Rush? Learn about the food culture of California after gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill.
A tribute to Gil Marks – cookbook author, culinary historian, James Beard Award winner and my dear friend.
Recipe roundup inspired by Mark Twain’s “A Little Bill of Fare” from “A Tramp Abroad,” 1891.
Learn the history of edible mushrooms and a few other things you might not know about our favorite culinary fungi!
Learn about the history of foods that are historically described as aphrodisiacs, and try recipes inspired by these culinary aphrodisiacs.
A brief history of the vegetarian diet and its evolution, from Pythagorus to modern day vegetarian subcategories – vegan, pescatarian and more.
The History of Gingerbread and a Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies with link to Royal Icing tutorial.
Learn about the colorful history of pumpkins, from early Central America to present.
Learn about the history of popcorn, from its domestication in 5000 B.C.E to its status as a favorite movie theater snack.
Learn the history of okra, from its ancient origins to its African American roots, then try a historically-inspired recipe for peppery okra soup.
Meatless Mondays have a history stretching back to World War I, when it was Tuesdays, not Mondays, that Americans were asked to limit meat.
Learn the origins of America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger! From German immigrants to roadside diners, burgers are a uniquely American treat.
Learn the true story of a Jewish immigrant couple who, with creativity and hard work, created the top super-premium ice cream brand in the world.
In addition to being a gifted artist and polymath, Leonardo da Vinci was also a budding nutritionist. Read his thoughts on kitchen efficiency, diet and cooking.
Learn the foods that Lewis and Clark ate on their Corps of Discovery Expedition.
Learn the history of coffee from its early Arabian roots to modern-day Starbucks, and try five unique coffee-inspired recipes.
Betty Crocker is a household name in the American kitchen. Who was she, and how did she inspire millions of home cooks? Read all about it here!
Learn how finger foods became a part of American food culture, with a history dating back to 18th century France. Canapés, cocktail appetizers.
Explore the history of fried chicken, waffles, and the unlikely pairing of chicken and waffles. How this soul food favorite became popular in America.