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curious kitchenware

The Macabre Mystery of a British Family's Skull-Topped Spoons

The 17th-century artifacts were likely christening gifts.
March 8, 2021
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home-cooked history

How a Breast-Shaped Cake Became the Symbol of a Sicilian City

History and legend collide in the story of one seriously suggestive sweet.
February 5, 2021
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home-cooked holidays

Detangling the Devilish Origins of Scandinavia's St. Lucia Buns

The story of this saffron-hued swirl has become as twisted as its dough.
December 11, 2020
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home-cooked holidays

The Danish Christmas Porridge That Appeased a Vengeful 'House Elf'

Once a magical, murderous farmhand, the nisse has transformed into a beloved holiday figure.
December 9, 2020
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funeral food

The Lost Art of Swedish Funeral Confectionery

These beautiful mementos of mourning have all but disappeared.
October 29, 2020
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midwest

Inside the Midwest's State Fair Historical Recipe Contest

From biscuits to cherry pie, these award-winning dishes tell family stories dating back to the 1800s.
September 11, 2020
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home-cooked history

Eat Like a 19th-Century Shaker With This Simple Lemon Pie

There’s never been a better time for this forgotten frugal classic.
May 15, 2020
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moveable feasts

How to Make a 5,000-Year-Old Energy Bar

Eat like ancient Great Plains hunters with this simple recipe.
April 30, 2020
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funeral food

A Guide to the World’s Most Comforting Foods of Grief

In an age of distance, we can still connect in the kitchen to mourn, memorialize, and heal.
April 20, 2020
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food shortage innovation

7 Wondrous Breads to Make When You’ve Had Enough Sourdough

There's a wide world of recipes that don’t require buying yeast.
April 10, 2020
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great depression foods

7 Historic Dishes Born From Tough Times That You Can Make at Home

Use every last crumb with these feats of culinary creativity.
March 30, 2020
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parades

Every Year, Dresden Kickstarts the Christmas Season With a Four-Ton Cake

Sixty-three bakeries pitched in to build a mega-stollen.
December 17, 2019
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new york city

Introducing Tour de Gastro

Join us on a culinary scavenger hunt across New York City.
July 9, 2019
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food

10 Amazing Foods From Gastro Obscura's First Year

From most beautiful to most explosive, here are some highlights from our growing database of the world's wondrous foods.
December 4, 2018