Food History

Red Velvet Cake

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.

Doughnut Makers

History of the Jelly Doughnut | Sufganiyah

The history of the jelly doughnut, AKA the sufganiyah, goes back to the 15th century. Since then, it’s been dipped, sandwiched, and injected with savory and sweet fillings.

Burrata Cheese

Burrata di Andria Cheese

All hail the queen! Of Italian cheese, that is: Burrata di Andria. A kind of cream-filled mozzarella, it rules a plate like no other cheese. Gary Allen explains.

Canning and Preserving Tips

Putting Food By

Canning and preserving foods have a long esteemed history in America. These tips, inspired by those campy mid-20th century home ec books, are gems.

The History of Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers—that favorite meal of kids—have an interesting history, filled with thrift and greed. Who knew a kids’ snack could be so profitable?

Vintage drawing of a woman holding up a glass of absinthe

The Green Fairy Flies High

Absinthe, also known as the green fairy due to its hallucinogenic properties, is basking in the glow of a revival of interest among discerning drinkers.

A Woolf at the Table

Food history editor Gary Allen delves into the culinary world of Virginia Woolf, the Bloomsbury set, and foods of the Edwardian era.