Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler

The President and Mrs. Kennedy attend a dinner on May 5, 1962 for President Houphuet-Boigny, of the Republic of Ivory Coast. (Credit: Kennedy Library)

Fifty Years Ago: The Food of the Kennedy White House

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Jr, Hungry History takes a special look back at the food of the Kennedy White House.

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Turkey Talk: The Story Behind Your Thanksgiving Bird

Let’s talk turkey. This week, we’ll examine some little known facts about the turkey to gobble up along with your Thanksgiving feast.

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Edward Kidder’s Pies: The First Cooking School

Cooking knowledge has been passed down since the first human thought to grill meat over a fire, but formal culinary schools are a much more recent invention.

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The Halloween Pumpkin: An American History

Did you know that the association of pumpkins with Halloween is a very recent phenomenon?

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Eat Like an Egyptian

From grains like emmer and kamut to cloudy beer and honey-basted gazelle, this week’s Hungry History focuses on the meals of ancient Egypt.

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Presidential Palates: White House Menus

If the adage is true, and we really are what we eat, then there’s much to be learned from White House menus.

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Starving Soldiers at Valley Forge

Put yourself in the shoes of a soldier in Washington’s army, preparing to spend a winter in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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The Hoppy History of Beer

Beer–it’s the chosen beverage of English kings, Egyptian stonemasons and Homer Simpson. And it has a long and celebrated history going back to 3400 B.C.

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History in a Basket: It’s Picnic Time!

It’s hard to envision prehistoric man enjoying lunch by the lake as much as we do. So how and when did the picnic become popular?

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Break Out the Buns: The History of the Hot Dog

The hot dog is the quintessential summer food: cheap, tasty, great for grills and forgiving of even the most inexperienced backyard cooks. But who made the first hot dog?

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Bread or Blood: The Richmond Bread Riots

Find out what made Southern women take to the streets during the American Civil War.

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Frozen History: The Story of the Popsicle

Believe it or not, the mind behind this summer indulgence wasn’t a marketing honcho, or even a chef – it was an 11-year-old boy.