Manchup Beans

Manchup: Cape Verde’s National Dish is a Savory Mix

Food history editor, Gay Allen, discovers the root of manchup, Cape Verde’s beloved dish. Manchup is a rustic dish filled with meats, beans, and grains.

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Craig Claiborne and the Invention of Food Journalism

John T. Edge, Anne Mendelson, Betty Fussell, Molly O’Neill, and David Leite talk about NY Times writer Craig Claiborne and the future of food journalism.

Origin of the Fork

The Uncommon Origins of the Common Fork

Chad Ward, an expert in all things cutlery, turns his attention to the history of the world’s most taken-for-granted eating implement.

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No Country for New Turkeys

Although food-crazed bloggers and over-ambitious chefs have turned out every conceivable variation of turkey, on Thanksgiving the familiar is what we want. Food history editor Gary Allen explains.

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High School Chemistry Pays Off…in Ice Cream

Food history editor Gary Allen, who has a bent for all things food science, delves into the mystery of a batch of ghastly blue-grey blackberry ice cream.

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Crazy for Salt Cod

Our food history editor, and sometime science guy, Gary Allen, helps a reader understand how to keep and care for salt cod.

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Seeing Red Over the Origins of Red Velvet Cake

A frustrating search for the origins of Red Velvet Cake leads a stymied reader to our food history editor, Gary Allen.

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A Hunt for the Classic Icebox Cake Leaves a Cold Trail

Food history editor Gary Allen tracks down the classic icebox cake. The recipe for the original icebox cake is on the Nabisco chocolate wafer box.

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The Search for Silky Sorbet Doesn’t Go Smoothly

Grainy chocolate sorbet was one readers problem, so Gary Allen put on his food science hat and found out the the solution: chocolate syrup.

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Conundrum Over Raw Cream

Gary Allen, Leite’s Culinaria’s food history editor (and all-around answer guy), takes on questions about butter and raw cream.

Pacific Rim Cuisine

Pacific Rim in the Center of the Plate

Gary Allen, our food history editor, answers a reader’s question about the origins of Pacific Rim cuisine and related culinary trends.

Dipping into the History of a Super Bowl Favorite

Dipping into the History of a Super Bowl Favorite

Chips and dip are a natural match–and a natural accompaniment to the big game. But has that always been so? Food history editor Gary Allen checks it out.

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