Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler

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.


The Halloween Pumpkin: An American History

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


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.

White House Museum

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.


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.

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.

picnic basket

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?

hot dog

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?

richmond bread riots

Bread or Blood: The Richmond Bread Riots

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

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.


The Surprising History of Punch

It’s the chosen summer drink of thousands of thirsty kids every day, and the chosen rum-based tipple of Charles Dickens himself.


Lip Smackin’ Good: Southern Barbecue

This week we’ll take a look at the rich history of Southern barbecue, and all its delicious regional variations.