Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler


Sky-High Sourdough: Expensive Vittles in Gold Rush Fields

Why did the discovery of gold in California lead to a dramatic rate of inflation in the cost of food itself?


Pandowdy, Buckles, Slumps and Grunts: America’s Forgotten Apple Desserts

While the names of these dishes aren’t as familiar to us these days, at one time they were the most popular desserts in America.

Story of Food Carts

From Chuck Wagons to Pushcarts: The History of the Food Truck

This week we’ll take a look at the surprisingly long history of mobile dining.

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.