From Dailyhistory.org: The rise of agriculture is a complex topic but from what we do know the earliest region to witness the domestication of plants and animals was in the Fertile Crescent region of the Near East, spanning modern-day Iraq, Syria,… Read More ›
History of Food
The Evolution of American Foodie Culture
In June 1950, when English cooking writer Elizabeth David’s A Book of Mediterranean Food was published in London, British adults were still living under the war rationing system and were allowed only one fresh egg per week. Leaving stale bread for the… Read More ›
What is the Deep Impact of Plant Domestication?
Plant domestication, which led to agriculture, arguably has had among the deepest or most profound impacts on modern societies relative to all other human innovations. Not only did it lead to greater availability of food, allowing societies to grow in… Read More ›
American Nostalgia on a Bun
From The Atlantic by Suzy Swartz: In her book Why You Eat What You Eat, the neuroscientist Rachel Herz explains the science behind Americans’ food choices. Comfort foods, she says, are “usually foods that we ate as children because, when it comes to… Read More ›
The Racist Origins of Organic Farming
From UNC Press Blog by Venus Bivar author of Organic Resistance: The Struggle over Industrial Farming in Postwar France: The first French men to organise themselves in opposition to industrial farming, and they were indeed all men, included a neo-fascist,… Read More ›
Did Ben Franklin introduce tofu to America?
From Smithsonian.com by Ryan P. Smith: When you picture Benjamin Franklin, what do you see? A lovable mad scientist flying a kite in the rain, perhaps, or a shrewd political strategist haggling at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Maybe you… Read More ›
Slavery’s Influence on Southern Cuisine
From US History Scene by Christina Regelski: While many American regions and cities have famous fare, few will argue that the South wears the culinary crown. Southern identity is stronglylinked to its cuisine, and food has long been an enticing… Read More ›
How Did a Bad Idea Like Prohibition Ever Win Majority Support?
From History News Network by William Rorabaugh: Eighty-five years ago Congress, desperate for new revenues during the Great Depression, legalized beer. At the same time the Twenty-First Amendment to the United States Constitution repealing the dry Eighteenth Amendment was making… Read More ›
How did kitchens develop?
Few places in a home are as important or symbolic for our social bonds than the kitchen. In almost every culture, the kitchen serves not only as the place where food is prepared, but serves as a social hub for… Read More ›