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Recreation: Food: History

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The Food Timeline
- Origins of foods, historic recipes, extensive teaching resources and web links.



The A - Z of Exotic Foods
A dictionary of herbs, spices, and foods giving their historical, magical and medicinal qualities.

Agropolis Museum
A science center dealing with topics such as food, nutrition, agriculture, with a historical approach on a worldwide scale.

American Food Century
A retrospective of American food, cooking, eating and drinking, including heritage recipes, timeline, product jingles and feature articles about food history.

Ancient Roman Dishes
Recipes from Ancient Rome.

Antique Roman Dishes- Collection
Native Roman Ingredients and conversions, as well as recipes.

Applebee's Founders
First-person history of the fast-casual chain, from its founding to its acquisition by W.R. Grace.

Army Subsistence History
History of the food, food services and cooks in the U.S. Army dating back to the Civil War. Information provided by the Quartermaster Foundation.

The Burgoo Page
Burgoo history and information. What is it? Where to get it? Who eats it?

Canned Food 101
A site that describes the creation of canned food, how cans preserve food, and the inventor of canned food.

Cariadoc's Miscellany
Renaissance and medieval recipes

A Chaucerian Cookery
An examination of the foods found in the writings of the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Included is A Chaucerian Feast, which contains recipes and instructions for presenting a feast based on Chaucer.

Cindy Renfrow
Author of transcription/redaction of several fifteenth century European cookbooks. Food links.

Culinary Events Calendar
A calendar of food-related historical events, anniversaries and discoveries. Overview of the month and day by day listings.

Did You Bring Bottles?
A tour of American supermarket history and architecture from the 1920s through today. Historical photographs, maps, area histories.

Food History News
A Web site for the quarterly publication Food History News, a newsletter dedicated to the history of food in North America (and occasionally elsewhere).

The Food Museum
Online educational museum about everyone's favorite subject, food. All about potatoes, rice, figs. Programs and curriculum for schools.

foodhistory.com
Food history publications by Patricia B. Mitchell. Documented anecdotal and written American traditions: colonial, Victorian, Civil War, ethnic, and Southern regional.

Friends of the Pea [Soup]
A site dedicated to the preservation of the old custom in Sweden of having pea soup on Thursdays.

The Gallery of Regrettable Food
Humorous articles satirizing cookbooks and food ads from the '30s through the '60s, including Meat! Meat! Meat! and The Unbearable Sadness of Vegetables.

History and Legends of Favourite Foods
History and legends of bechamel sauce, caviar, chili, chili con carne, eggnog, hot dogs, ice cream and plum pudding. Trivia, quotes and recipes. From "What's Cooking America."

The History of Baby Feeding
Photographs and drawings of bottles and feeding utensils, descriptions of their use and their place and impact in society.

History of Food
Histories of tea, coffee, cheese, chocolate and a compliation of mediveal recipes from a variety of cultures.

History of Turkish Cuisine
A report on the three eras of Turkish cooking development.

In the Devil's Garden: A History of Sin and Forbidden Food
An examination of some food taboos that have shaped world history. (book excerpt)

Leite's Culinaria, Inc: Dining Through the Decades
A detailed recap of the food, trends and chefs of the 20th century. Recipes included.

Lothene - A Short History of Porridge
A brief history of the traditional Scottish dish from Roman times to the present.

Medieval Cookery
Recipes, information, and notes about cooking in medieval Europe.

Medieval/Renaissance Food Homepage
Articles, recipes, and summaries of books about Renaissance and Medieval cooking.

Not by Bread Alone: America's Culinary Heritage
An exhibit from the Cornell University Library. Includes information on early cookery books, food nutrition and science, kitchen technology, and food processing.

Potato!
A short history of the potato with recipes, cultivation instructions, safety notes, a wine recipe, links and a bulletin board

Renaissance and Medieval Food and Drink
An annotated bibliography of historical sites on the WWW about European food and drink during the Renaissance and Middle Ages.

The Smorgasbord
Articles on food history, science, recipes for kids, kitchenware and the political impact of food on society.

The Spelt Pages
Information site discussing the reintroduction and development of the ancient grain spelt Spelt is an ancient grain, a "grandparent" of modern wheats

The Stewpot Period Culinary Guild
An unofficial guild dedicated to the practice and promotion of pre-seventeenth century cookery in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Sushi History
Chronology, origin and genealogy of sushi in Japan are concisely overviewed by a table and chart.

Symbolism of the Pineapple
A brief history of how the pineapple has served as both a food and a symbol throughout the human history of the Americas.

Tips on Tables
Vintage reviews of famous nightclubs and restaurants, mostly from the New York City area, viewed here for the first time since they were published in the 1940s and 50s.

When did it Happen?
Restaurant franchise timeline from 1916 to 1999, compiled by Dacy Nottingham. Includes links to franchise sites.

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