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ancient foods

How to Recreate 1,300-Year-Old Cookies

Found in an empty tomb, these sweets have staying power.
April 15, 2021
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bananas

Can 'Banana Buffers' Save California From Wildfires?

A computer scientist makes a case for cocooning communities in banana groves.
April 12, 2021
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recipe

Before Key Lime Pie, Florida Loved This Sweet-Tart Treat

Bake the state's nearly forgotten sour orange pie.
April 7, 2021
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cookbooks

Inside the World's Largest Jewish Cookbook Collection

A librarian with a love for eBay built this trove of culinary history.
March 24, 2021
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cookbooks

Eat Like England’s First Non-Royal Ruler With This Propaganda-Filled Cookbook

Opponents of Oliver Cromwell published his family recipes, with a side of fake news.
March 10, 2021
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home-cooked holidays

This Christmas Punch Requires a Formerly Forbidden Fruit

Importing golden tejocotes to the U.S. is finally legal.
December 21, 2020
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home-cooked holidays

How to Play a Fiery Victorian Christmas Game and Not Get Burned

Snapdragon is not for the faint-hearted.
December 16, 2020
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home-cooked holidays

This Pennsylvanian Winter Punch Is Sweet, Spicy, and Possibly Explosive

Boilo is a favorite across coal country.
December 9, 2020
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home-cooked history

Reviving America's Forgotten Boozy, Fruity Election Cake

These cakes helped elections feel like a party.
October 30, 2020
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microscopes

The Microscopic Majesty of Sugars, Salts, and Spices

A molecular biologist turned food writer put kitchen staples under the microscope.
October 8, 2020
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drinks

5 Classic Cocktails That Changed When They Crossed Borders

Around the world in mutant drinks, via your liquor cabinet.
September 2, 2020
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rice

The Battle to Invent the Automatic Rice Cooker

The biggest names in Japanese technology vied to bring them to market.
July 31, 2020
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historical recipes

How Historical Societies Are Bringing Their Recipes to Pandemic Cooks

Food has become an important tool for connection.
July 17, 2020
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restaurants

Meet the College Student With 6,000 Takeout Menus

He's not quite sure what to do with them.
July 7, 2020
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food art

The Master Baker Giving San Francisco Sourdough a New Shape

For 40 years, Fernando Padilla has sculpted with dough.
July 2, 2020
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pizza

Meet the Owner of the World's Largest Pizza Box Collection

1,550 and counting.
June 8, 2020
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baking

7 Spectacular Breads to Make Once You’ve Mastered the Frog Loaf

From crispy popovers to artful bird cakes, take a carb cruise around the world.
May 29, 2020
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obscura academy

The Gastro Obscura Guide to Cooking School-Lunch Classics

You're the lunch lady now.
May 6, 2020
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epidemics

During the 1918 Flu Epidemic, Pet Parents Put Masks on Their Cats

Yancia the bulldog even made the local paper: "This Seattle Dog Wears Flu Mask."
April 16, 2020
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nostalgia

7 YouTube Channels for the Stay-at-Home Food Adventurer

Get inspired by these imaginative cooks from around the world.
April 8, 2020
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apples

Around the World in Rare and Beautiful Apples

From the sweet to the offbeat.
January 6, 2020
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weddings

You Can Still Buy the Actual Fruitcakes Served at British Royal Weddings

The often-insulted confection was once featured at weddings as well as Christmas.
December 9, 2019
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yolk lore

The Chinese City Famous for Eggs With Two Yolks

Gaoyou ducks are bred to produce tasty double-yolkers.
December 5, 2019
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spirits week

Bacardi's Head Honcho Once Tried to Bomb Castro's Cuba

After many a misadventure, his warplane is on display today.
October 31, 2019