Ritual feasting emerged around the time humans were beginning to farm. It came to play an important role in societal bonding, much as it does today.
How do foods break into new niches and global markets? US cranberry growers, saddled with large surpluses and working to boost demand for their product, could take a lesson from soybeans.
At one point, turkey was jockeying with duck and chicken for king of the Thanksgiving table.
In the 19th century, puddings were as popular and widespread as pasta dishes are today.
For those wondering whether it is sinful to drink, even moderately, a scholar goes into the history of alcohol and its distillation to show how early monks and priests contributed to it.
Holiday retail sales may boom this year – and the lion's share will not be online purchases. Yet brick-and-mortar retail stores are facing heavy internet competition.
An economist explains why turkeys defy the economic laws of supply and demand.
Dishes we consider staples today have little to do with the first feast.
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.
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.
Henry VIII's Spanish queen, Catherine, introduced him to them and he is said to have eaten 20 at one sitting. Food for thought this Thanksgiving.
After such a difficult political experience, empathy is the key not only to feeling connected, but feeling understood – and understanding others.
While some pundits claim the much-hyped shopping day that follows our Thanksgiving feasts has lost its relevance, the reality is a lot more complicated, as four important facts show.
A globalization expert shares two surprising tales of how the powerful winds of trans-Atlantic trade affected the quintessentially American holiday.
The Pilgrims were thankful for finally being able to vanquish Thomas Morton and Ferdinando Gorges, who spent years trying to undermine the legal basis for settlements in Massachusetts and beyond.
Many are dreading meeting relatives for Thanksgiving after Donald Trump's surprise victory. A student of the cultural divide around climate change offers tips for opening dialogues on politics.
A scholar of American Indian studies shares the lesser-known, true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated as heroes today.
Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
The presidential turkey pardoning draws on a language of forgiveness common to many religious traditions.
Want to build resilience in children? Tell them family stories of courage.