Reina Gattuso's User Profile - Atlas Obscura
Just Released! The second edition of our bestselling book.
Gastro Obscura
story
pests

Solved: The Mysterious Origins of Your Coffee's Worst Nightmare

Researchers inspected 18,667 plant specimens to track down a caffeine-eating beetle.
October 14, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
silk road

The Gobi Desert Is a Red Sea of Chili Peppers

They dry in the sun every autumn in China's Uyghur Autonomous Region.
October 9, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
tribes

The Restaurant Putting India's Disappearing Tribal Cuisine Back on the Menu

In a Ranchi kitchen, local women fight to save indigenous food, one bowl of fish curry at a time.
October 3, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
babies

Found: Milk Residue That Proves Ancient Europeans Used Cute-as-Heck Baby Bottles

The clay vessels are shaped like mythical animals.
October 1, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
whiskey

Sold: Charles Dickens’s Liquor Log

Dickens spent the days before his death counting casks of whiskey.
September 26, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
japan

The Japanese Ghost Town Buried Deep in a Canadian Forest

Archaeologists have dug up sake bottles and delicate rice bowls.
September 23, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
service

When American Waitresses Were Labeled 'Women of Ill Repute'

The 400-year history of the restaurant industry's #MeToo moment.
September 16, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
refugees

The Founder of America's Earliest Lesbian Bar Was Deported for Obscenity

Eve Adams was eventually murdered at Auschwitz.
September 3, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
fishing

Found: Slime-Covered Notebooks Full of Conservation Data and Fish Scales

Century-old data paints a grim picture of salmon populations in British Columbia.
August 28, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
diaspora

The Refugee Women Turning Tastes of Home Into a Food-Delivery Business

Fleeing conflict in Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, they've created a rare melting pot in India.
August 20, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
eat like a...

Eat Like Royalty With This Cookbook From the Emperor Who Built the Taj Mahal

Shah Jahan developed one of the most famous cuisines of India.
August 5, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
marble

The Tuscan Town Famous for Anarchists, Marble, and Lard

Now gourmet, lardo di Colonnata once fed miners in Michelangelo's favorite quarries.
July 15, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
pretzel

German Researchers Are Investigating the Science Behind Soft-Pretzel Scent

With help from a dedicated panel of pretzel-smelling experts.
June 27, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
vegetarian

The Scholar Mapping America's Forgotten Feminist Restaurants

Challenging patriarchy, one eatery at a time.
June 21, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
communism

The Struggling Vineyards That Helped Inspire Karl Marx’s Communism

Boozed-up intellectuals of the world, unite.
June 13, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
heirloom

After Hurricane Katrina, Home Gardeners Saved New Orleans' Iconic Squash

The Louisiana mirliton has survived revolution, industrial competition, and floods.
June 7, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
caribbean

Solved: The 300-Year-Old Mystery of Barbados's Pigs

Spoiler alert: They were probably peccaries.
May 31, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
auctions

For Sale: 300-Year-Old 'Shipwreck Wine' Rescued From the Bottom of the Sea

It may still be safe to drink.
May 30, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
aco

Can Nigerian Drumming Teach You to Pick the Perfect Watermelon?

Acoustics is here to help you find ripe produce.
May 23, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
camels

Australia's Growing Camel Meat Trade Reveals a Hidden History of Early Muslim Migrants

Afghan cameleers helped settle Australia's interior.
May 16, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
marijuana

This British Colonial Report Offers a Rare Glimpse Into India's Historic Cannabis Cuisine

And a description of some very stoned canines.
May 9, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
lesbian

How Lesbian Potlucks Nourished the LGBTQ Movement

Now a queer stereotype, the lesbian potluck has radical roots.
May 2, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
gilded age

The Girl Who Jumped Out of a Pie and Into a Gilded Age Morality Tale

Susie Johnson sparked America's obsession with erotic cake dancing.
April 25, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
peru

How Breweries Helped Keep This Pre-Columbian Empire Together

Researchers recreated Wari chicha for science and happy hour.
April 18, 2019