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food fights

A Short History of America's 'Tamale Wars'

Their popularity made for some bloody turf wars.
August 31, 2018
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food art

The Fabulous Design Manuals for Japan's 19th-Century Sweets

Wagashi range from elegant to surprisingly modern.
August 28, 2018
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diets

The Arctic Explorer Who Pushed an All-Meat Diet

Vilhjalmur Stefansson wanted to prove a point.
August 28, 2018
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textiles

Meet the Artist Making Delicious Food Quilts

Japanese sweets, turkey dinners, and produce alike are immortalized in fabric.
August 21, 2018
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rice

'Batnadoes' Can Protect California’s Crops

Bats are farmers' new best friends.
August 16, 2018
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future

Atlas Obscura Readers Imagine Their Future National Dishes

The food of 2050 includes crickets, plastic, and nothing at all.
August 14, 2018
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prohibition

Inside the 'Trend-Free' World of Wisconsin's Supper Clubs

Born out of Prohibition speakeasies, they're getting a second wind.
August 9, 2018
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trends

When Eating Crow Was an American Food Trend

The birds briefly became a delicacy.
August 7, 2018
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diner

Why So Many Diners Look Like Train Cars

Often, they traveled by rail and were built that way too.
August 3, 2018
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corn

Saving Mexico's Heirloom Corn With Gorgeous Furniture

Corn husks get the star treatment.
July 31, 2018
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paper

The Man With 15,000 Pieces of Chopstick-Wrapper Origami

A restaurant job turned into a collecting passion.
July 20, 2018
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sugar

This Bowl Contained Sugar 'Not Made by Slaves'

An early version of ethical consumption.
July 19, 2018
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chili peppers

Inside the World's Only Chile Pepper Research Institute

The center has spread spicy knowledge for decades.
July 16, 2018
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silent film

How Pie-Throwing Became a Comedy Standard

One film studio in Los Angeles pioneered the trope of flying pies.
July 10, 2018
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eat like a...

How Vegetarian Food Fueled the British Suffragette Movement

Some even started a cafe.
July 3, 2018
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luck

Why Garlic Brings Good Luck to This Spanish Soccer Team

It's thought to dispel evil.
June 29, 2018
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surfing

Abalonia: The Island Nation That Never Was

It was meant to be a seafood paradise.
June 28, 2018
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physics

How Isaac Newton's Apple Tree Spread Across the World

Clones and descendants of the famed tree grow on 6 continents.
June 26, 2018
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physics

Newton's Apple Tree Around the World

A global map of science's most important tree.
June 26, 2018
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vanilla

Why One Island Grows 80% of the World's Vanilla

Now, it's more valuable than silver.
June 20, 2018
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cherry

The Tragic Roots of America's Favorite Cherry

The Chinese Exclusion Act likely exiled the man who first cultivated it.
June 19, 2018
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great depression foods

During the Great Depression, 'Penny Restaurants' Fed the Unemployed

Dishes cost a cent, or even came free.
June 15, 2018
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mushrooms

These Mushroom Clouds Are Made From Actual Mushrooms

A team of artists create horror out of fungi.
June 13, 2018
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marijuana

Remembering 'Brownie Mary,' San Francisco's Marijuana Pioneer

She baked thousands of pot brownies for AIDS patients.
June 12, 2018