Hungry History

Category: Ancient History

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What It Says on the Tin: A Brief History of Canned Food

Since prehistoric times, humans have found ways to make food last longer through a variety of methods ranging from fermentation and pickling to salting, smoking and drying, but a method for preserving food in a nearly-fresh state had remained elusive.

Intoxicating Foods

The Natural High of Intoxicating Foods

This week, we’re looking at some very different foods that share a common, but unusual, trait.

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The Ancient History of Deviled Eggs

Did you know that the roots of modern-day deviled eggs can be traced back to ancient Rome?

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Beans and Greens: The History of Vegetarianism

This week, we’re looking at the ancient origins of vegetarianism.

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Delightful, Delicious Dumplings

From Italian ravioli, to Polish piroshky, to Chinese pot stickers, the humble dumpling is beloved by eaters around the world.

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The Ancient Origins of Superfoods

The health benefits of fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, broccoli, and kale are well documented, but which foods did our ancient forebears consider to be exceptionally healthy?

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Grilling Tips from the Ancient Greeks

Love to grill? Well, you’re not the first. In fact, the Greeks beat us all to it by more than 3,000 years.

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Cinnamon’s Spicy History

Cinnamon has been in use by humans for thousands of years—possibly as early as 2,000 B.C.

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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.

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.

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.