Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler


Buy Me Some Gyoza and Bento Boxes: Japanese Ballpark Food

Baseball is wildly popular in Japan, and though the game is almost the same, the stadium food is very, very different.


Desecrated Vegetables: The Hardships of Civil War Eating

When you think of military food, the word “delicious” doesn’t often come to mind. We’re’re taking a look back at the food that fed hungry troops, both the blue and the grey, during the American Civil War.

Jelly Doughnut

I Am a Jelly Doughnut–Or Am I?

Fifty years ago this month, John F. Kennedy made either the most important speech of the Cold War era or the most well known pastry-related blunder of all time.

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.


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: 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.


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?