A drawing from the original edition of Lydia Maria Child’s ‘Flowers for Children,’ which includes her famous Thanksgiving poem.
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In the 19th century, puddings were as popular and widespread as pasta dishes are today.
Waterfowl – not turkey – would have been the main course.
Winslow Homer, 'Right and Left' (1909), National Gallery of Art
Dishes we consider staples today have little to do with the first feast.
Don’t blame the turkey for those snores coming from the living room!
Remember that story about the molecule found in turkey that makes you drowsy? Research shows it's a myth – tryptophan doesn't cause you to nod off, but it may be connected to cooperation.
John Fekner’s art warned others of toxins poisoning the planet.
Fekner at English Wikipedia
Diet books aren't just fluff. They offer a powerful insight into who Americans are – and how we wish the world could be.
Headed for export?
The fate of turkey tails shows how Americans have shifted from eating whole animals to focusing on choice cuts – and the surprising places where unwanted parts end up.
A new study provides a more nuanced understanding of the role food plays in healthy eating and family life.
Another day, another diet.
For centuries, people have been trying to lose weight in all sorts of ways – including drinking vinegar, avoiding swamps and stocking up on grapefruit.
Five food experts peer under the bread to plumb the histories of the country's unique sandwiches, from favorites like tuna fish to lesser-known fare like the woodcock.
A tasty treat but is it too much?
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It's not laziness that is causing some parents to overfeed their children.
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High streets are being taken over in a battle between specialty cafés and the
Producing fresh fruit and vegetables year-round has a hidden cost.
Would you be shocked by a supermarket without carrots, potatoes or broccoli, at any time of year? But harvesting in the off-season does serious damage to our soil.
Dave Lewis has dragged the supermarket clear of an accounting scandal. Now for the hard bit ...
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Huge hunks of meat and energy inefficient cooking methods make the Sunday roast a particularly unsustainable meal.
A worker handles meat at the Doly-Com abattoir in Romania in 2013 when Europe was facing a scandal over incorrectly declared horsemeat. The problem of food fraud and its health and economic implications affect a broad range of foods around the world, but technology could soon end the problem.
(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Food fraud is a common problem that technologies such as blockchain and DNA fingerprinting can help to solve.
What can you do to ensure a more perfect brew?
The science behind why what your barista achieves at the cafe tastes better than what you can come up with at home.
Spend many months attached to the ISS and see how well you grow.
If you want to live on Mars, you're going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they'll encounter off-planet?
Ford and Dominos have teamed up to deliver pizza by driverless cars in a public test in Michigan.
Domino's Pizza and Ford have teamed up to offer pizza delivery via driverless cars in Michigan. Is it the way of the future?
Poor diet hurts our health and our wallets.
Poor diet kills hundreds of thousands per year. If we want to achieve meaningful health care reform, we need to address our nation's nutrition crisis.
Cooking with gold is in fashion, but the practice has been happening for centuries.
Modern chefs are serving up ice cream, cakes, even sushi covered in gold. But gold in food came into its own in late medieval Europe, when eating gold wad thought to be virtuous, and one could find gilded whole roast peacocks.
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Research suggests that taking a photo of your food makes it taste better.