Hungry History

Author: Stephanie Butler


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: 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.

Knife and Fork

Of Knives and Forks

How did people stop eating with their hands and pick up the now-ubiquitous knife and fork?

Chop Suey

The Chop Suey Story

Legend has it that chop suey was born when forty-niners demanded food from a San Francisco Chinese restaurant.

Food Remedies

More Than Chicken Soup: Food Remedies

Find out how food has been keeping the doctor away since the days of our Neolithic ancestors.

White House Chefs

Cooking for the Commander-in-Chief: 20th-Century White House Chefs

Meet the cooks who brought White House cuisine into a new age, including Kennedy’s famed chef René Verdon.

Presidential Chefs

Cooking for the Commander-in-Chief: The First Presidential Chefs

Meet the cooks who prepared meals for the early U.S. presidents, often working under conditions that were anything but glamorous.

Meyer Lemon Syllabub

Syllabub: Reviving a Lost Dessert

Find out about the forgotten treat known as syllabub, and whip up a batch of your own.

Turtle Soup

The Rise and Fall of Turtle Soup

Explore the history of turtle soup, and then whip up a (mock) batch of your own.

Ketchup History

Ketchup: A Saucy History

Explore the history of this beloved condiment and try out your own homemade version.