History

In the 1970s, Pizza Joints Pulled Out All the Stops

Remember eating pizza with your family while the dulcet tones of Pinball Wizard tore loose from a Wurlitzer pipe organ? The 1970s were real special times. I wrote about the Organ Grinder and the history of pipe organ pizza joints for Taste.

Portland’s Vice Clique Scandal Began in a Gents-Only Dining Room

I touched on this subject a little in Portland: A Food Biography, and was happy to write about it a bit more for the Portland Mercury. The Louvre was the original home of the nude portrait that currently hangs behind the bar at Jake’s Famous […]

It’s a Mystery: A History

What is up with people’s fascination with foods disguised as other things? I tackle that question in my latest piece for Taste.

Taste Top Stories of 2017

I’m extremely flattered that Taste has included two of my stories in their Top Stories of 2017 and three of them in their 15 Favorite Food and Drink Histories!

Not Ready for This Jelly

Molly and Kai had me back on Make Me Smart to make a prediction for 2018! You heard it here first, folks: aspic is going to make a comeback.  

Thought for Food

Why don’t Americans eat brains like we used to? It’s not *just* because of Mad Cow Disease. I wrote all about it for Taste.

Interview with the Galloping Gourmet

HOLY FUCKING SHIT they actually let me talk to this guy. Quick clarification: the comparison to Guy Fieri was identified by my editor Matt Rodbard (saliently, I might add), and it’s not meant as an insult. Like Fieri, Graham Kerr enjoyed wide appeal from a […]

Celery on Marketplace

I had a wonderful opportunity to talk to Molly Wood on Marketplace about that wacky Victorian celery craze! The interview is after the photo (I’m at around 3:45). Had a super fun chat with @mollywoodpro on Marketplace (yes, THAT Marketplace!!) about that kooky Victorian celery […]

Fruity Booze

I’m up to my ears in medieval fruits so I’ve started a half gallon each of quince ratafia with vodka (left) and medlar liqueur with brandy (right). These are my own recipes based loosely on 16th- and 17th-century cookbooks I’ve read. #booze #historic #tipple #quince […]

Great British Game Pie

THAR SHE BLOWS! Like a precocious baby, my game pie is standing on its own. I’m still going to wait until tomorrow to slice it open and reveal the cross section, but ain’t she a beaut? #gamepie #meatconcierge #britishfood #proudmama 🐇 🐖 🦌 🕊 🇬🇧#food52 […]