history

winery

The Moldovian Winery That Serves the Nearly-Forgotten Food of Gagauzia

There's a quiet pseudo-state contained within Moldova’s borders: Gagauzia, an autonomous region with its own people, culture, language, and cuisine.
Molly Harris
2.7.19
chocolate

Colonial America Was Obsessed With Chocolate That Probably Tasted Pretty Bad

Even as the colonists grew to appreciate the flavor of chocolate, they also ate it as a health food.
Jacqueline Raposo
1.22.19
history

A History of Flavoring Food With Beaver Butt Juice

No, castoreum is not a cheap substitute for strawberries; it’s luxe, artisanal secretions from a beaver's rear end.
Nadia Berenstein
12.20.18
desserts

Why Does Carrot Cake Need to Remind Us That It Is, In Fact, Made of Carrots?

No one can really explain the inorexable march of tiny sugar carrots across the pastry case.
Naomi Tomky
12.3.18
Marzipan

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

The long and often apocryphal history of Třeboň is memorialized in almond paste.
Morgan Childs
10.11.18
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
10.9.18
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
Booze

This Distillery Has Been Making Killer Apple Brandy Since Before America Was a Country

And it's in... New Jersey?
Jake Emen
10.1.18
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
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
6.22.18
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
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 8 bottles of wine. Per person.
Emily Monaco
5.22.18
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