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The Illustrious History of the Avocado

24 May

Avocados had an important place in Mesoamerican peoples’ diet, mythology, and culture. It’s possible that they were eaten in Mexico 10,000 years ago. Digest this concise history of the avocado by Erin Blakemore at JSTOR Daily: The Illustrious History of the Avocado | JSTOR Daily

EEL AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS: AN AUTHENTIC THANKSGIVING MENU

23 Nov

 

Allow historian Robert Tracy McKenzie to clarify the likely menu at the “First Thanksgiving”:

We can get too caught up in discussing what they [the Pilgrims and Wampanoag] had to eat, but it is worth noting that almost nothing we associate with a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal would have b…

Read about the menu here: EEL AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS: AN AUTHENTIC THANKSGIVING MENU | Faith and History

Was it Hershey or Reese That Made Peanut Butter Cups Great?

31 Oct

The surprising story of how “two great tastes” came together: Was it Hershey or Reese That Made Peanut Butter Cups Great? | Atlas Obscura

Postwar potluck: Grilling out, convenience cooking, and other 1950s food trends

25 May

For the third installment of our Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project potluck series, we embraced 1950s cooking. We found recipes influenced by the end of World War II rationing, an ongoing interest in convenience, and the growing peacetime prosperity and leisure that many, though not all, Americans enjoyed. Here are just a few of the trends we noticed:

Source: Postwar potluck: Grilling out, convenience cooking, and other 1950s food trends | National Museum of American History

When Sipping Tea Was A Socially Ruinous Act 

15 Mar

Could anything be as innocuous as a nice spot of tea? Today, the word “tea” conjures up images of sipping from dainty cups with grandma, children’s cup-and-saucer sets, boxes of “Tummy Time” and “Throat Coat,” and, of course, the Queen. But amazingly, there was a time when tea was seen as a threat to traditional Christian values—and the social hierarchy of the Western world.

So begins a fascinating story of tea and Western women, by Hadley Meares at Atlas Obscura: When Sipping Tea Was A Socially Ruinous Act | Atlas Obscura

For Thanksgiving, Consider the Sweet Potato

25 Nov

The sweet potato is a New World food that spread around the world, including across the Pacific before the Europeans got there.

Source: Considering the Sweet Potato | JSTOR Daily

The Archive of Eating

30 Oct

One 84-year-old librarian has spent more than half her life building a comprehensive database of cookbooks throughout history.

Source: The Archive of Eating – The New York Times

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