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

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.

New York Cheesecake Stands Alone

Food history editor Gary Allen takes on the task of defending the superiority of his native New York cheesecake and finds it’s a cheesecake that stands alone.

Molasses Makes the Sugar Turn Brown

Our food history editor, Gary Allen, explains why brown sugar can get hard as a rock and offers a recipe to make brown sugar at home.

Caesar’s Last Salad: The Foods of Ancient Rome

The food of ancient Rome–with all its intensity of flavor, spicing, reliance on sauces, and ingredients–are discussed by our food history editor.

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