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church

Why a Minnesota Pastor Wrote an Obituary for a Lutefisk Dinner

RIP Faith Lutheran Scandinavian Dinner, 1947-2017.
December 06, 2018
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food art

The Historians Cooking Up Mythical Beasts

Making a cokentryce calls for needle, thread, and a lot of meat.
November 27, 2018
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celebration

Why One Australian Island Celebrates Thanksgiving

There's pumpkin pie, but also multiple banana dishes.
November 21, 2018
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food scare

When People Panicked Over Pink Peppercorns

They're not even really pepper.
November 16, 2018
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bees

What Does It Take to Breed a New Honeybee?

One monk bred a "superbee."
November 14, 2018
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potatoes

Why an English Museum Has a Collection of Magic Potatoes

Touch of the rheumatiz? Try carrying around a purloined spud.
November 07, 2018
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sauce

The World's Largest Hot Sauce Collection Might Be in an Arizona Living Room

8,600 bottles and counting.
November 02, 2018
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grave week

When ‘Dumb Suppers’ Were a Halloween Love Ritual

To see into the future, young women held mystical meals.
October 30, 2018
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puzzles

Decoding (Most of) an 18th-Century 'Riddle Menu'

Our readers offer up their answers and theories.
October 26, 2018
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curry

How Curry Became a Japanese Naval Tradition

Ships and submarines have their own unique recipes.
October 25, 2018
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funeral food

Ancient Greek Funerals Were Decked Out in Celery

It was a powerful symbol of death—and victory.
October 23, 2018
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monastery

Your Stories of Blissful Foods Made in Monasteries

Holy cheeses, wines, and cakes abound.
October 22, 2018
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dinner party

The Pyrotechnic Ice-Cream Parades of the Nobel Prize Banquet

Once, there was even an official ice cream.
October 16, 2018
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puzzles

Help Atlas Obscura Solve a Curious 18th-Century Riddle Menu

No one was really eating "quintessence of Toes" back then.
October 09, 2018
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fast food

Pizza Hut's ‘Little Free Libraries’ Look Exactly Like Mini Pizza Huts

Also, remember BOOK IT?
October 08, 2018
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food art

The Life and Times of a Japanese Candy Artist

She brought the rare, age-old art to Epcot and a Yayoi Kusama exhibition.
October 02, 2018
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salt

How Salt Helped Win the Civil War

Southern salt-making operations became prime military targets.
September 28, 2018
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war

The Warlike Origins of 'Going Dutch'

The term for splitting the bill has its roots in a bitter international rivalry.
September 25, 2018
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midnight munchies

Before Food Trucks, Americans Ate 'Night Lunch' From Beautiful Wagons

They were the ancestors of the modern diner.
September 13, 2018
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cookbooks

Inside a 17th-Century 'Barbarian' Cookbook From Japan

It included Portuguese and Japanese recipes for caramel, cake, and an early tempura.
September 11, 2018
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fabric

This Prized Filipino Fabric Is Made From Pineapple Leaves

It's been a favorite of royalty and a first lady.
September 06, 2018
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sweets

The 'Chop Suey Sundae' Isn't What You Think It Is

An ice cream topping once had the same name.
September 05, 2018
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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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The Fabulous Design Manuals for Japan's 19th-Century Sweets

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