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food history



  • The Trouble with Triscuits

    by Charles Louis Richter

    Where did the name of this popular snack come from? An exercise in historical reasoning.



  • Worcestershire Sauce and the Geographies of Empire

    by Julia Fine

    The complex origin of Worcestershire sauce reveals the ways that imperial ideals and aspirations — both in Britain and the colonies — structured not only British food habits, but also the ways in which companies presented such foods to the public.



  • A Brief History of the Crock-Pot

    Eighty years after it was patented, the Crock-Pot remains a comforting presence in American kitchens.



  • How steak became manly and salads became feminine

    by Paul Freedman

    When was it decided that women prefer some types of food – yogurt with fruit, salads and white wine – while men are supposed to gravitate to chili, steak and bacon?



  • The Best Job in the Army

    by Carole Emberton

    An army marches on its stomach, and the commissary corps had to feed it!