Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler


The Surprisingly Sufficient Viking Diet

What did these warriors eat to survive in such a forbidding landscape?

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George Washington’s Thursday Suppers

In honor of Presidents’ Day, we’re taking a look at how George Washington threw a dinner party.

Symbolic Foods Of Chinese New Year

This week, we’ll take a look at the symbols behind some delicious Chinese New Year foods.

Shakespeare’s Suppers

In between the star-crossed lovers, the mad kings and the bumbling courtiers, Shakespeare mentions food in every one of his plays. So what would Shakespeare himself have eaten?

Grilling Tips from the Ancient Greeks

Love to grill? Well, you’re not the first. In fact, the Greeks beat us all to it by more than 3,000 years.


Celebrating Alaska’s Statehood With Food

In honor of the 55th anniversary of Alaska’s admittance to the Union, take a look at some traditional Alaskan food.


Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve: An American Tradition

Find out how Irish immigration brought this dish to the Christmas table.


The Medieval History of the Christmas Cookie

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when cooks around the country take to their kitchens to bake cookies galore.

The Origins of the Mysterious Green Bean Casserole

This mixture of canned soup, frozen green beans and fried onions has graced holiday buffets since the 1950s. But who came up with this trinity, and why has it become so famous?


A History of Popcorn

This week, we’ll take a look at the story behind this popular snack, and discover that there’s more beneath that hard husk than meets the eye.

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.


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.