Picnic near Yanceyville, N.C., Photo: Library of Congress

Planning Your Memorial Day Picnic

For my interview with Chad Bouchard on the history and recipes of early Memorial Day picnics, visit Earth Eats at Indiana Public Media. Memorial...
Switchel, Photo: Eric Colleary

Recipe: Switchel (1853)

Spring has finally sprung, and my first year teaching at Macalester College has come to an end. In Minneapolis, where I currently live, spring...
Winter Cafe - CCL, Flickr: Zzmeika

Winter Update at the American Table

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted in a few months. Back in August, I was unexpectedly offered a visiting professorship at Macalester College...
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Recipe: Scolloped Tomatoes (1838)

Mary Randolph’s The Virginia Housewife may not be the first cookbook published in America, but many consider it the first truly regional American cookbook –...
Moby Dick, New Bedford Harbor

Herman Melville on Chowder – Moby Dick (1851)

“We could not possibly do better than try pot-luck at the Try Pots,” says Moby Dick narrator Ishmael. The chapter is rife with dark...
Eggs, Source: Flickr, pietroizzo - CCL

Making History Monday: July 29, 2013

Making History Mondays is a digest of American food news from the around the web. These are the stories that are changing American foodways and...
Ham and Banana Rolls

Retro Recipe: Ham Banana Rolls (1947)

If memory serves, this week’s “Retro Recipe” began as a dare some months ago when a friend and colleague posted a photo of Ham...
White House Crab Soup

Recipe: White House Crab Soup (1930)

Few foods are more characteristic of the Virginia / Maryland area than crab. The difficulty in catching them made them a special treat for...
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Civil War: Walt Whitman’s “Great Treat of Ice Cream” (1864)

Few in this country were left untouched by the horrors of the Civil War. American poet Walt Whitman wrote extensively about the impact on...
Wash Cherries

Recipe: Martha Washington’s Preserved Cherries (1749)

Anyone who grew up in the United States was likely taught the apocryphal story of the child George Washington who chopped down a cherry tree, and...