Hungry History

Category: Holidays

The Origins of the Mysterious Green Bean Casserole

This mixture of canned soup, frozen green beans and fried onions has graced holiday buffets since the 1950s. But who came up with this trinity, and why has it become so famous?


The Halloween Pumpkin: An American History

Did you know that the association of pumpkins with Halloween is a very recent phenomenon?

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.

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?

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.

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?

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Stuffing, Dressing and Filling: Thanksgiving Across America

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

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead Sweets and Treats

Day of the Dead celebrations often incorporate traditional foods, including skull-shaped candies.