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cookbooks

The 10th-Century Baghdad Cookbook That’s a Poetic Tome to Food

The text features exhaustive directions for cooking, eating, and being.
October 03, 2018
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war fare

How a Uruguayan Meat Factory Became Iconic Worldwide

The former factory is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
October 01, 2018
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elixirs

Drinking Gold Was a Grisly Anti-Aging Trend of 16th-Century France

The tony elixir killed elites looking for youthful complexions.
September 17, 2018
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suffrage

The Political Lore of an Iconic Brazilian Sweet

Wartime rationing and women's suffrage helped popularize the brigadeiro.
August 27, 2018
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silk road

Tracing the Overlooked Legacy of the Silk Road's Fruits and Nuts

A new archaeobotanical study is helping shift the historical record.
August 16, 2018
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agriculture

Found: 14,400-Year-Old Flatbread Remains That Predate Agriculture

The burned crumbs shed light on prehistoric hunter-gatherers’ diets.
July 16, 2018
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hot dogs

Consumers Are Accusing U.S. Pork Producers of Running a Price-Fixing Cartel

A lawsuit alleges that people have been overpaying since 2009.
July 09, 2018
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prohibition

Why the U.S. Navy Once Had a Concrete Ice Cream Barge

The portable parlor sustained sailors on the high seas.
July 05, 2018
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agriculture

The Gnarled History of Los Angeles's Vineyards

It was once known as the “city of vines.”
June 25, 2018
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economics

An All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant Went Bankrupt Because People Ate Too Much

Unlimited hot pot gone wrong.
June 18, 2018
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cookbooks

Remembering the Cookbook Author Who Made Microwave Meals Gourmet

Barbara Kafka bucked assumptions about kitchen appliances.
June 13, 2018
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breakfast

When Researchers Used IHOP to Determine if Kansas Is Flatter Than a Pancake

Delicious, and helpful.
June 06, 2018
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vegetables

Why Foley Artists Use Cabbage and Celery to Create Hollywood’s Distinctive Sounds

Adding sound flourishes to films in post-production remains low-tech.
June 05, 2018
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cake

How a Jesus-Shaped Cake Incurred the Wrath of Argentina

The dessert, which was part of an art exhibit, caused an uproar when a politician had a slice.
May 31, 2018
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ice cream

Did Mister Softee Just Taunt New York City?

An eerie version of the jingle sharply contrasts a former attempt to silence it.
May 25, 2018
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clocks

Remembering the ‘Knocker-Ups’ Hired to Wake Workers With Pea Shooters

Rise and shine!
May 18, 2018
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strikes

The Forgotten Filipino American Activist Behind the Delano Grape Strike

A children's book about Larry Itliong aims to rectify history.
May 17, 2018
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food as art

The Politics of Smuggling Pizza-Making Videos Into North Korea

Pyongyang has a pizza scene, but only for the upper crust.
May 09, 2018
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mail

The Bygone Baguette Mailboxes of French Polynesia

Like birdhouses, but for bread.
April 25, 2018
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food heists

How a Gang of Thirsty Thieves Stole Over $500,000 Worth of Wine

Two people have been sentenced for participating in several California heists.
April 16, 2018
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cookies

Sewing Kits, Umbilical Cords, and Mold: Here’s What You Keep in Royal Dansk Tins

Storing buttons and baubles in these cookie containers is a phenomenon.
April 12, 2018
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black magic

Why Coconuts Were Accused of Meddling in Politics

The fruits are thought by some to power black magic rituals.
April 10, 2018
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secrets

What's in Your Royal Dansk Cookie Tin?

Tell us about all the non-cookies you keep or have found in the blue containers.
March 27, 2018
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bananas

The Artist Making Bunches of Banana Art

Keisuke Yamada carves faces, animals, and more into fruit.
March 12, 2018