Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler

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.

Yule Log

The Delicious History of the Yule Log

‘Tis the season for rich food traditions, including that of the Christmas Yule log.

Train Foods

Dining Across America in Rail’s Golden Age

Find out how Americans dined while riding trains from coast to coast.

Hanukkah Sufganiyot

Frying Up Donuts for the Festival of Lights

Most people have heard of Hanukkah latkes, but did you know that jelly donuts are also a traditional holiday treat?

hungry-history-preserved-foods

Ahoy, Pass the Cabbage: Preserved Foods in the Age of Exploration

This week, we’ll take a look at preserved foods aboard ships, and find out how even a humble cabbage can change the course of human history.

First Restaurant

Restaurants, B.C.E. (Before the Contemporary Eatery)

What were history’s first restaurants like, and what did these early eateries serve?

Vomitoriums

Vomitoriums: Fact or Fiction?

You’ve heard all about them, but how much of the vomitorium story is mere myth?

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Stuffing, Dressing and Filling: Thanksgiving Across America

Regional stuffing recipes illustrate the variety of Thanksgiving tables across the United States.