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abolitionsim

A Historical Dig Sheds Light on the Food of the Underground Railroad

Archaeologists found muskrat, turtle, and other edible remains in Harriet Tubman Country.
October 14, 2020
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garden

The Newest Addition to Denmark’s Happiness Museum: Tomato Seeds

A seed stuck to an old shirt grew into a project that helps bereaved kids heal.
September 21, 2020
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suffrage

These Powerful Pins Honored Suffragists Who Were 'Jailed for Freedom'

A century ago, women picketing the White House were beaten and imprisoned for demanding their right to vote.
September 14, 2020
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food history

A Database of 5,000 Historical Cookbooks Is Now Online, and You Can Help Improve It

It took Barbara Ketcham Wheaton more than 50 years to compile The Sifter.
August 13, 2020
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chefs

Cracking the Case of South India's Missing Vegetables

A food designer used quarantine to track down the mystery produce in his grandmother's cookbook.
July 22, 2020
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urban foraging

400 Years After Its First Apple Farm, Boston Remains an Urban Orchard

Urban canners and tree-planting groups are maintaining an heirloom tradition.
July 8, 2020
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spam

In Canada, Gold Rush-Era Garbage Reveals a History of Chinese Immigrant Cuisine

Archaeologists unearthed evidence of pig roasts and boozy gatherings at an 1870s British Columbia eatery.
June 23, 2020
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home-cooked history

How a Black-Owned 19th-Century Tavern Became the Birthplace of a Beloved Cookie

Joe Froggers tell a story of Black business ownership, slavery, and seafaring in Massachusetts.
June 18, 2020
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Celebrate the Heyday of Sweet American 'Salads' With These 7 Dishes

Highlights from an era of convenience, creativity, and Cool Whip.
June 3, 2020
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botany

How to Plant a Home Garden and 'Free the Seed'

By saving and swapping seeds, you can preserve agricultural heritage.
May 19, 2020
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seed banks

These 7 Companies Ship Unique Seeds for Your Quarantine Garden

Beat the rush by turning to small, local suppliers—and your neighbors.
April 22, 2020
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recipe

Taste the Globe With Recipes From New York's All-Grandma Kitchen Crew

Nonnas of the world, unite!
April 13, 2020
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alchemy

The 1700s Plague Cure That Inspired an Uncannily Contemporary Cocktail

An art historian, a culinary researcher, and a Twin Cities distillery teamed up to recreate the herbaceous drink.
April 3, 2020
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squash

The Chef Bringing Native American Flavors to Communities in Quarantine

For Brian Yazzie, the COVID-19 pandemic evokes a history of smallpox, European colonization, and indigenous resilience.
March 27, 2020
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creole

How New Orleans Made a Medieval Sicilian Tradition Its Own

St. Joseph protects communities during times of sickness and famine.
March 18, 2020
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sake

The Sake Master Reviving a Long-Forgotten Local Rice

Hiroshima's heirloom hattanso lay dormant for a century.
March 3, 2020
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domestication

On the Hunt for the Wild Relatives of America's Favorite Produce

Popular crops’ untamed cousins are genetic gold mines, but they're at risk of disappearing.
February 24, 2020
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bananas

How Ancient Tooth Plaque Solved the Mystery of the Banana's Trans-Pacific Journey

3,000-year-old microparticles prove the fruit traveled across the ocean with early Pacific Islanders.
February 17, 2020
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aquaculture

Australian Wildfires Uncovered Hidden Sections of a Huge, Ancient Aquaculture System

The Gunditjmara have been building an eel-farming system at the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape for more than 6,000 years.
February 6, 2020
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african-american

The Culinary Legacy of Brooklyn's First Free Black Community

Weeksville residents set a precedent of self-determination that is still visible at Brooklyn restaurants.
February 4, 2020
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gender

The Chocolate-Brewing Witches of Colonial Latin America

The Inquisition persecuted women who used cacao to entice lovers and spurn enemies.
January 27, 2020
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Eat Like a 1970s Radical With 'The People's Philadelphia Cookbook'

The 1976 book included contributions from the Black Power and Gay Liberation movements.
January 24, 2020
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fire fighters

How Aboriginal Hunting and 'Cool Burns' Prevent Australian Wildfires

The current crisis has pushed the country to consider cultural burning.
January 14, 2020
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easter

Easter Island's Monoliths Made the Crops Grow

By quarrying rock for the statues, the people of Rapa Nui fertilized the soil.
January 8, 2020