HistorEATS: Food History As Told By Me (and articles I read).

I’ve always loved the study of history, in an almost greedy way. When I was young and curious, I wanted to know everything about everything. It was a calling.

I felt I was answering questions fundamental to human existence. Who are we? Where did we come from? What have we done? And who invented cereal?

Maybe my path as a hobby historian is a little unconventional. I started with Medieval history –  the plague, kings, castles, lords and ladies, conquests, a changing world – but by senior year found myself arguing a thesis about Julia Child and The History of Food.

It was a pet project turned academic and based on the idea that, as Jostein Gaarder put it, “It’s not a silly question if you can’t answer it.”

The truth was, the one thing I loved more than history, cooking, I knew very little about.

Who invented the Poptart? Do virgins really pick tea in India? What’s the difference between espresso and coffee?

My mission to uncover savory secrets, tasty tales, and food folklore continues here! Check the recipes below and join me: