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The Messy History of Emily Dickinson's Black Cake Recipe

It reveals an unexpected side to the poet's personality and the brutality that brought a Caribbean dish to New England.
August 20, 2021
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flags

What Should You Do With a Captured Nazi Flag?

During WWII, American soldiers brought the flags home as a remembrance. Now, family members and historians must decide what should become of them.
July 19, 2021
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britain

Eat Like Jane Austen With Recipes From Her Sister-In-Law's Cookbook

Including dishes straight from her novels.
July 12, 2021
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healing

Help Curate This Vast Trove of Kitchen-Table Remedies

The Archive of Healing includes hundreds of thousands of folk healing traditions from six continents.
April 21, 2021
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crops

A Field Guide to North America’s Wild Crops

Spot these free-ranging versions of your favorite produce on your next hike.
April 7, 2021
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spices

Go Beyond the Grocery Store With These Seven Innovative Spice Companies

These seasonings connect you to the communities that produced them.
April 2, 2021
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writers

This Writer Is Tweeting Everything Sylvia Plath Ever Ate

Busting sexist myths about a famous poet, one tweet at a time.
March 19, 2021
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lesbian

This Project Maps 25 Years of New York's Lesbian Nightlife

The interactive tool allows readers to explore how queer social life has changed over time.
March 9, 2021
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seeds

Keep Your Quarantine Garden Growing With These 8 Unique Seed Companies

Grow the plants tailored to your region, passion, or heritage.
March 5, 2021
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nigeria

The Battle to Bottle Palm Wine

It’s delicious, cherished, and difficult to commercialize. These entrepreneurs are bringing it to the United States.
February 2, 2021
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maori

Feast on This Guide to Modern Māori Cooking

A groundbreaking book celebrates New Zealand's indigenous cuisine.
January 28, 2021
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kitchen

The Museum Treating Home Cooking as Fine Art

Cook your way through the "Reclamation" exhibition of crowd-sourced recipes, remedies, and magic.
January 21, 2021
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britain

The Chef Recreating 18th-Century Recipes From a Thrift-Shop Find

Bake an old-timey cake from this handwritten cookbook.
January 5, 2021
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heirloom

The Italian Immigrants Who Grew Fig Trees in Unlikely Places

A grassroots group is creating a living library of these backyard gardens.
December 16, 2020
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labor

Celebrate the Farm Workers Behind Your Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

Organizers are using mesmerizing video clips of harvests to advocate for better protections and pay.
November 25, 2020
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foraged foods

In Sydney, a Cafe Serving Aboriginal Food Brings Comfort and Challenges

Nyoka Hrabinsky, an Aboriginal ethnobotanist, is turning “bush tucker” into brunch.
November 19, 2020
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everyday wonder

How to Recreate Your Lost Family Recipes, According to Historians and Chefs

It may not be just like grandma’s, but with observation and a little research, it’ll be pretty darn close.
November 17, 2020
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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