Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler

Thousand-Year Eggs

Unscrambling the Thousand-Year Egg

They may not really be 1,000 years old, but century eggs have a long history.

Anglo-Indian Cuisine

A Spot of Curry: Anglo-Indian Cuisine

Explore the strong influence of Indian cuisine on the English food scene, and try out a recipe for mulligatawny soup.

Dangerous Foods

Dangerous Foods

From maggot-infested cheese to the exotic puffer fish, adventurous eaters have their pick of risky delicacies.

Haggis

Ode to a Haggis: The History of Scotland’s National Dish

Get the rich history behind a dish many love to hate.

Easter Foods

Easter Foods, From Lamb to Eggs

How did lamb, eggs and chocolate become part of the Easter tradition?

Matzo

Matzo, Matzo, Matzo: A Passover Tradition

The plain Passover flatbread known as matzo shows its sweeter side.

Corned Beef

Corned Beef and Cabbage: As Irish as Spaghetti and Meatballs

Corned beef and cabbage may be the classic St. Patrick’s Day meal, but that doesn’t mean it’s traditionally Irish.

Chopsticks

A Brief History of Chopsticks

From their humble beginnings as cooking utensils to paper-wrapped bamboo sets at the sushi counter, there’s more to chopsticks than meets the eye.

Valentine's Day Chocolates

Celebrating Valentine’s Day With a Box of Chocolates

Where does the tradition of presenting loved ones with Valentine’s Day chocolates come from?

Pepper

Off the Spice Rack: The Story of Pepper

Once a highly valuable spice, pepper has influenced regional cuisine the world over.

Salt

Off the Spice Rack: The Story of Salt

Not just tasty but essential for life, salt has a long and tumultuous history all its own.

Hoppin' John

Hoppin’ John: A New Year’s Tradition

In the Southern United States, Hoppin’ John—a simple, delicious dish of peas, pork and rice—is standard New Year’s fare.