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Edible Fungi Chart from The New Student’s Reference Work, 1914. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Magical Mushrooms: The Allure of Edible Fungi

Learn the history of edible mushrooms and a few other things you might not know about our favorite culinary fungi! By Tori Avey on The History Kitchen. Read More

From Pythagorean to Pescatarian - The History and Evolution of Vegetarianism

From Pythagorean to Pescatarian – The Evolution of Vegetarianism

A brief history of the vegetarian diet and its evolution, from Pythagorus to modern day vegetarian subcategories – vegan, pescatarian and more. Read More

The History of Gingerbread and a Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies on The History Kitchen

The History of Gingerbread

The History of Gingerbread and a Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies with link to Royal Icing tutorial. Read More

A Slice of Pumpkin History on The History Kitchen

A Slice of Pumpkin History

Learn about the colorful history of pumpkins, from early Central America to present. Read More

How Popcorn Got Its "Pop" on The History Kitchen

Popcorn: A “Pop” History

Learn the history of popcorn, from maize to movie theaters and everything in between! Includes links to popcorn recipes from around the web. Read More

Food Will Win the War: Herbert Hoover & Meatless Mondays on The History Kitchen

Food Will Win The War: History of Meatless Mondays

Meatless Mondays have a history stretching back to World War I, when it was Tuesdays, not Mondays, that Americans were asked to limit meat. Read More

Hamburger History

A Brief History of Hamburgers

Learn the origins of America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger! From German immigrants to roadside diners, burgers are a uniquely American treat Read More

The History of Häagen Dazs on The History Kitchen

Banking on Butterfat – The History of Häagen-Dazs

Learn the true story of a Jewish immigrant couple who, with creativity and hard work, created the top super-premium ice cream brand in the world. Read More

What was Cooking in Leonardo da Vinci's Kitchen? on TheHistoryKitchen.com #history #Renaissance

What was Cooking in Leonardo da Vinci’s Kitchen?

In addition to being a gifted artist and polymath, Leonardo da Vinci was also a budding nutritionist. Read his thoughts on kitchen efficiency, diet and cooking. Read More

Heirloom Tomatoes

A History of Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables

Learn the history and benefits of heirloom vegetables, from Thomas Jefferson to present, and try a recipe for Heirloom Tomato Salsa Fresca. Read More

What Lewis and Clark Ate on TheHistoryKitchen.com

What Lewis and Clark Ate

Learn the foods that Lewis and Clark ate on their Corps of Discovery Expedition. Read More

Cup and pot of coffee on beige background

Coffee – A Caffeinated History

Learn the history of coffee from its early Arabian roots to modern-day Starbucks, and try five unique coffee-inspired recipes. Read More

Betty Crocker Through the Years

Who Is Betty Crocker?

Betty Crocker is a household name in the American kitchen. Who was she, and how did she inspire millions of home cooks? Read all about it here! Read More

Buffalo chicken wings on plate with blue cheese sauce and celery.

Speakeasies, Sofas, and the History of Finger Foods

Learn how finger foods became a part of American food culture, with a history dating back to 18th century France. Canapés, cocktail appetizers. Read More

Chicken and Waffles

The History of Chicken and Waffles

Explore the history of fried chicken, waffles, and the unlikely pairing of chicken and waffles. How this soul food favorite became popular in America. Read More

sandwich with bacon and vegetables

The History of the Sandwich

Learn the history behind the sandwich, from the Hillel Sandwich to the Earl of Sandwich to the Reuben, and everything in between. Read More

Oliver Twist by James Mahoney (1810-1879). Wikimedia Commons

Charles Dickens – Food and Drink

Learn about the influence of food and drink on the literature of Charles Dickens. Victorian era food, A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, literary food. Read More

The History of Cereal

The History of Cereal

Learn the history of cereal and milk, the beloved American breakfast food, and try five cereal-inspired recipes from my favorite food blogs. Read More

Fun Turkey Facts for Thanksgiving

Fun Turkey Facts for Thanksgiving

Did you know that Big Bird’s costume is made from 4,000 turkey feathers? Or that female turkeys do not say “gobble gobble”? In America, turkey is the centerpiece for our biggest food holiday celebration: Thanksgiving. But what do we really … Read More

Halloween - A Foodie History

Halloween – A Foodie History

Halloween is one of the only holidays where we don’t gather around the dinner table for a big family meal. That said, Halloween involves many food traditions, some with ancient roots. Pumpkins are carved, kids bob for apples, and candy … Read More