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fair food

How a Big Slab of Butter Becomes a Masterpiece

Inside the centuries-old art of transforming butter into dragons, cows, and princesses.
September 12, 2022
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amish

The Death of Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Funeral Pie

The sweet-yet-somber treat was the star of extravagant 19th-century funeral feasts.
August 22, 2022
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hot air balloon

A Hot-Air Balloon Restaurant and Other Stories of Food on-the-Go

Five highlights from Gastro Obscura's "Moveable Feasts" series.
August 1, 2022
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hot springs

How to Turn a Volcano Into an Oven

From hot-springs stew to lava-baked pizza, a tour of the world's most amazing volcanically-cooked meals.
April 26, 2022
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suffrage

The Forgotten Cookbooks That Fueled Women’s Suffrage

From “pie for a doubting husband” to “spaghetti a la suffragette,” these recipes came with a side of activism.
March 30, 2022
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pi day

5 Forgotten Pies Worth Making for Pi Day

Pie hard with a vengeance.
March 14, 2022
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historical recipes

Gastro Obscura’s Favorite Cookbook Stories of 2021

A look back at some special recipe collections and the communities that produced them.
December 30, 2021
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charles dickens

Drink Like Dickens With the Author's Punch Recipe

With flair and fire, he turned mixology into a performance.
December 21, 2021
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historical recipes

The Wild and Weird History of Eggnog

The cozy cocktail has fueled prison parties and West Point riots.
December 21, 2021
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home-cooked holidays

A Brief History of Germany’s Favorite Flaming Punch

How a fiery bowl of booze became a Christmas classic.
December 13, 2021
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historical recipes

The Art of Brewing Historical Beers

Drink like King Midas and George Washington with these brews.
December 7, 2021
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ancient foods

Before Haunted Houses, There Were Hell Banquets

The macabre feasts have their roots in ancient Rome.
November 17, 2021
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ao loves halloween 2022

Remembering ‘Witch Cakes,’ the Evil-Fighting Baked Goods of the 1600s

Are these cakes weapons against dark forces or just “spiky bagels”?
October 21, 2021
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drinks

Ancient Drinking Games Ended With Wine Stains and Stabbing

Inebriated play, from ancient Rome to Tang Dynasty China.
October 19, 2021
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home-cooked history

Eat Like a Medieval Saint With Her Recipe for 'Cookies of Joy'

St. Hildegard was a mystic, healer, and passionate proponent of spelt and nutmeg.
September 20, 2021
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cookbooks

Inside the Company Printing America's Community Cookbooks

Churches, scout troops, and clown collectives all depend on Morris Press.
September 10, 2021
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graves

How a Grave Cleaner Uncovers the Past

Alicia Williams's popular headstone-cleaning videos are also history lessons.
August 19, 2021
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soda fountains and pharmacies

How the 'Boston Cooler' Became a Classic Detroit Drink

This sweet, creamy enigma dates back to the late 1800s.
August 4, 2021
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entomology

The Chef Cooking a Cicada Recipe for Every Palate

From ceviche to caramel popcorn, Joseph Yoon is showing how Brood X can be a delicious part of your diet.
June 7, 2021
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recipe

Making the Miraculous Cake of the Patron Saint of Bakers

Test your pastry-making prowess with gâteau St. Honoré.
May 14, 2021
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ancient foods

Why 18th-Century Scots Performed Mock Human Sacrifices Over Cake

This May Day, make Beltane bannock, a simple snack with a long history of superstition and divination.
April 30, 2021
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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