No, vanilla ice cream didn’t used to be black

Vanilla ice cream used to be black, but racism turned it white, according to a Facebook post that credits someone’s grandmother as the source for this tidbit of supposed culinary history. “My grandma lived to be 102,” the May 15 post says. “She told us in her days, the […]

Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food review – no need to scoff

In Pie Fidelity, the author uses this sense of personal division as the basis for a wider exploration of Britain’s food culture, which he suggests is riven along similar lines – between its historical, working-class roots and a newfangled obsession with exoticism.

An Archive of Menus Shows Dubliners’ Changing Tastes

Photo by Erin McGuire On 17 February 1906, a group of Freemasons in Clontarf dined on oysters, then slurped on a choice of turtle or hare soup. After that, they chomped through the fish course: turbot and lobster sauce or filleted sole. The “releve” course was boiled chicken and […]

Dish it up like it’s 1559 Switzerland’s oldest cookbook whets modern appetites

Culinary mysteries from the 16th century. Want to whip up a storm in the kitchen just like the Swiss did 400 years ago? The oldest surviving German-language cookbook in Switzerland has been republished, and what once fed the clergy of the diocese can now be served up in your […]