Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler

Intoxicating Foods

The Natural High of Intoxicating Foods

This week, we’re looking at some very different foods that share a common, but unusual, trait.

story of the sandwich

The Story of the Sandwich

Would you believe that Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches a day?

take on takeout

The Take on Takeout

These days, most Americans relish the idea of dinner without the hassle of dishes, cooking and clean up. But not that long ago, takeout as we know it was unheard of.

From New York to Montreal: What’s in a Bagel?

Find out just how these two delicious (and different) schools of bagel making came to be.


Spaghetti and Its Sauces

Few meals can be as pleasurable. But the stories behind your basic carbonara, puttanesca and bolognese sauces are anything but simple.


D-Day Rations: How Chocolate Helped Win the War

What did Allied troops storming the beaches at Normandy carry in their knapsacks for sustenance?


Bottoms Up: The Salty History of the Margarita

As Cinco de May nears, revisit the delicious history of this refreshing drink.

Airplane Food, From Sandwiches to Smoked Salmon

The story of airplane food in many ways parallels that of commercial aviation itself.

passover seder

Food for Thought: The Seder Plate

Take a look at the stories behind the bitter herb, the egg and other common Passover foods.


Beans and Greens: The History of Vegetarianism

This week, we’re looking at the ancient origins of vegetarianism.


Delightful, Delicious Dumplings

From Italian ravioli, to Polish piroshky, to Chinese pot stickers, the humble dumpling is beloved by eaters around the world.

Graham and Kellogg

Graham and Kellogg: The Health-Crazed Men Behind Our Kitchen Favorites

Did you know that both graham crackers and corn flakes can trace their roots back to two 19th century health nuts?