history

Marzipan

This Entire Czech Town Made Out of Marzipan Is a Rare Joy

The long and often apocryphal history of Třeboň is memorialised in almond paste.
Morgan Childs
10.12.18
history

The Bone-Sucking, Dopamine-Spiking History of Secret Menus

We've come a long way from cauldrons full of duck heads to 'animal-style' In-N-Out burgers.
Emily Monaco
10.10.18
spices

New Evidence Suggests Existence of Proto-Pumpkin-Spice Dates Back 3,500 Years

An archeological excavation on the Banda Islands found evidence of nutmeg, sago, and purple yam on pieces of pottery.
Jelisa Castrodale
10.5.18
cooking

The Greatest Story Ever to Appear in The Washington Post Turns 20 Today

Wherein an endearingly literal writer unwittingly creates the world's most terrible tiramisu.
Hilary Pollack
7.9.18
Dessert

London’s Museum of Ice Cream Is About More than Selfies

This month, culinary food studio Bompas and Parr opens SCOOP, a pop-up museum dedicated to the history of the frozen dessert. And there isn't a sprinkle pool in sight.
Johanna Derry
7.9.18
Booze

The Weird and Wavy History of Wine Coolers

The bodacious bottled drinks once saw an explosion in popularity, then a backlash, and now, a surprise comeback.
Nadia Berenstein
6.25.18
cooking

How Witches and Menstruation Myths Influenced Modern Recipes

There are some scientific reasons to stir a stew a particular way, and then there are reasons rooted in sexism and superstition.
Emily Monaco
6.14.18
alcohol

This Is What 5,000-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Beer Tastes Like

In a new project from the British Museum, food historian Tasha Marks joined forces with AlphaBeta brewery to accurately recreate the beer drunk by Ancient Egyptians.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
5.25.18
history

If You Think You're a Decadent Fuck, Try Feasting Like a 19th-Century Parisian

A feast might include 25 hors d’oeuvres, 15 roasts, and 28 different types of fish, all washed down with eight bottles of wine. Per person.
Emily Monaco
5.23.18
history

How Kimchi Was Used As Political Leverage in the Vietnam War

The story of LBJ, the president of South Korea, and a $2 million annual supply of fermented cabbage.
Myles Karp
4.6.18
french food

The Curious History of French Onion Soup, Paris's Timeless Hangover Cure

The story of the classic dish starts with King Louis XV's First World problems. A putrid cemetery with 'flesh-eating' soil also makes an appearance.
Emily Monaco
2.26.18
The Last Bite

The 118-Year-Old Deli Where No Sandwich Is Too Weird

Marylebone's Paul Rothe & Son has been in the Rothe family since 1900 and is still renowned for its handmade sandwiches. Fillings range from egg mayonnaise and anchovy to bacon and banana.
Angela Hui
2.23.18
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