history

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
cookies

The Real History of Black and White Cookies

Despite what you may have heard, it was never about racial unity.
Joanne Spataro
5.4.18
history

The Mysterious Life and Death of Frank Meyer, the Man Behind Meyer Lemons

The lemon variety made its way to the US via the tiger-fighting, monkey-smuggling Most Interesting Man of the Early 20th Century.
Daniel Stone
4.25.18
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
4.5.18
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
history

Remembering the Great Anti-Popcorn Hysteria of 1994

“The scariest thing at the movies isn't Jason or Freddy Krueger... It's popcorn," the New York Times once wrote. They were being serious.
Jelisa Castrodale
1.19.18
Pizza

Baltimore Pizza Spot Points Out that Italy Was Once Considered a 'Shithole,' Too

Hersh's menu modification is in response to Trump's recent comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa.
Jelisa Castrodale
1.18.18
cookies

The Enduring Appeal of Royal Dansk Butter Cookies

The royal blue tin? Iconic. The cookies? So damn good.
Mayukh Sen
12.13.17
Cheese

If You're Feeling Depressed, Torch a Box of Camembert

True story: cheese solves a lot of problems, like hunger, or calcium deficiency, or the craving of cheese. So when you're hungover, or feeling empty inside, or even kind of horny, torch a little Cam.
Charlotte Kamin
11.3.17