Food

Irish whiskey is said to have been the world’s most popular spirit in the 19th century, back when scotch was almost unknown outside Scotland itself (the word “whiskey” actually has...
American cooking is as diverse as America itself. Scores and scores of different nationalities, over recent centuries, have populated our country and enriched it with their cultures, languages,...
It’s not hard to see what makes sandwiches so popular. Whether hot or cold, sandwiches are usually quick to make and always satisfying. They can make a full dinner, a working lunch, or a fast...
The American South covers a vast portion of the country, comprising, at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau, some 17 states and the District of Columbia — a region extending from the...
Remember when margarine was healthier than butter? That was before studies revealed how unhealthy synthetic trans fats can be. Nutrition science is constantly changing, and with it, the reputations...
An estimated 25% of Americans eat a gluten-free diet, including people with wheat allergies, gluten intolerance, or celiac disease. Celiac disease is a hereditary autoimmune disorder that causes a...
Pliny. Heady Topper. King Julius. If you’re a beer nerd, these names can automatically trigger some serious longing. In the past decade or so, a golden age of American beer has seen hundreds of...
Nothing says America like a beef patty cooked to perfection, covered with condiments, and sandwiched inside a bun. We live in a land of burgers, and everyone’s preferences differ. The hamburger was...
Fish can be one of the healthiest foods there is. It’s low in harmful fats (counterintuitively fatty fish are considered a “lean” source of protein) and often high in nutrients, including...
Alcoholic beverages – originally in the form of beer – have been around since approximately 7000 B.C. Cocktails have a more recent history.  The origin of the term is a bit murky, but...
The 1950’s saw a new appreciation for food and menu variety, both at home and in everyday, relatively inexpensive restaurants. With women still largely out of the workforce but freed up by modern...
Etiquette — good manners — is a code of behavior, a set of (highly variable) rules governing how we should behave, theoretically at least, in order to bring the least offense to our...
Oh, the days when it was socially acceptable to eat pure sugar in ice cold milk for breakfast. For those of us who grew up on breakfast cereal, the nostalgia runs deep for our old favorites,...
According to a 2020 survey of American grill owners, the Fourth of July is the country’s most popular day for cookouts or backyard barbecues. Burgers, steaks, ribs, and other forms of protein...
These days, there are people making artisanal tortillas in Ireland, small-batch soy sauce in Kentucky, and Spanish-style sausage in southwestern Georgia. It might be hard to remember, then, that...