history

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
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