Hungry History

Author: Laura Schumm

food fads

A Look at Food Fads in America

Food fads have come and gone in many cultures and in various forms for centuries, but America has had a particularly unique affinity for adopting—and dropping—culinary trends with regularity.


Food Fraud: A Brief History of the Adulteration of Food

Since prehistoric times humans have altered the state of food to extend its longevity or improve its taste.

Thomas Jefferson's recipe for vanilla ice cream

Thomas Jefferson: America’s Pioneering Gourmand

Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, appropriator of the Louisiana Purchase, gastronome…?


The Wartime Origins of the M&M

Did you know the hugely popular popular candy got its start during World War II?

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America’s Patriotic Victory Gardens

During both World Wars, America’s agricultural production became a powerful military tool.

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Food Rationing in Wartime America

Find out more about wartime restrictions and try out a popular ration recipe.

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Once-Forbidden Foods

Why were apples, tomatoes and potatoes once feared—and forbidden?

The Ancient History of Deviled Eggs

Did you know that the roots of modern-day deviled eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome?

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The Ancient Origins of Superfoods

The health benefits of fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, broccoli, and kale are well documented, but which foods did our ancient forebears consider to be exceptionally healthy?