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FOOD 101: The History Of 600+ Favorite Foods & Beverages

Over the 15 years of publishing THE NIBBLE, we’ve explored quite a lot of history relating to the foods we cover.

We’ve included it in our articles, and compiled the references below.

Sometimes the history is at the top of an article, but often it is the last section. So if you don’t see “THE HISTORY OF…” immediately, scroll down.

Some histories are just a paragraph or two; some are quite detailed.

Here are 635 different food histories, with new ones added frequently.

For entire books dedicated to particular food histories, check out The Edible Series from Reaktion Press.

ALSO CHECK OUT OUR 100 FOOD GLOSSARIES, which provide details of the entire category of the foods.

Foods & Beverages A (25)

Absinthe History
Acorn Squash History
Agriculture History
Agricultural Cross-Breeding (Hybridization)
Aïoli History
À La Mode: See Pie À La Mode
Alcohol Distillation
Allsorts Liquorice History
Almond History
Amaretto Liqueur History
Angel Food Cake History
Animal Crackers History
Ants On A Log History
Apéritif History
Aperol Spritz History
Apple History
Apple Cider History
Apple Betty History
Apple Butter History
Apple Dumplings
Apple Pie History
Applesauce History
April Fool’s Day History
Artichoke History
Asparagus History
Avocado History
Avocado Toast History

Foods & Beverages B (52)

Bacon History
Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp History
Bagels History
Bagna Cauda History
Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
Baked Alaska History
Baked Beans History
Baking Powder History
Baklava History
Balsamic Vinegar History
Banana Bread History
Banana Cream Pie History
Bananas Foster History
Banana Split History
Bánh Mì Sandwich History
Beans History
Beef Tartare: see Steak Tartare, below
Beer History
Bellini Cocktail History
Bell Pepper History
Beurre Blanc History
Biscoff Spread/Cookie Butter/Cookie Spread/Speculoos Spread History
Biscotti History
Biscuit History
Bitters History
Black Cow Float History
Black Forest Cake History
Blondies History
Blood Orange History
Bloody Mary History
BLT Sandwich History
Blueberry History
Bock Beer History
Bologna History
Boston Cream Pie History
Boxed Cereal History
Brandy Alexander History
Bread History
Bread Salad: See Panzanella
Breadsticks History
Brioche History
Brown Betty History
Brownies History
Brunch History
Brussels Sprouts
Bubble Tea History
Buffalo Chicken Wings History
Bundt Cake History
Burrata Cheese History
Burrito History
Butter History
Butterscotch Brownie History

Foods & Beverages C (105)

Cabbage History (also see Savoy Cabbage)
Cachaça History
Cacio e Pepe Pasta History
Caesar Salad History
Cake History
Cake Pans History
Calabrian Chile Peppers History
Candy History
Candy Apples History
Candy Bar History
Candy Cane History
Candy Corn History
Canning History
Cannoli History
Cappuccino History
Caprese Salad
Caramel History
Carbonated Water / Club Soda History
Carpaccio History
Carrot History
Carrot Cake History
Cassoulet History
Caviar History
Celery History
Ceviche History
Chai Tea / Masala Chai History
Champagne History
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine
Cheddar Cheese History
Cheese Ball History
Cheesecake History
Cheese History
Cheese Fondue History
Cheesesteak History
Cheese Straws History
Cherries History
Cherries Jubilee History
Chex Party Mix History
Chicken & Waffles History
Chicken Cacciatore History
Chicken History
Chicken Pot Pie History: See Pot Pie
Chickpea History
Chiffon Cake History
Chilaquiles History
Chile Pepper History
Chinese Almond Cookie History
Chinese/Asian/Mandarin Chicken Salad
Chocolate History (also see Swiss Chocolate History, below)
Chocolate Bark History (Mendiants)
Chocolate Chip Cookies History
Chocolate-Covered Cherry (Cherries) History
Chocolate-Covered Pretzels History
Chocolate Ganache History
Chocolate Milk History
Chocolate Mousse History
Chocolate Pudding History
Chocolate Truffles History
Chocolate Wafer History
Chopped Liver History
Chopsticks History
Chop Suey History

Churros History
Chutney History
Cinco de Mayo History
Citron History — see Etrog
Clams History
Club Soda / Carbonated Water History
Cobbler History
Cobb Salad History
Coca Cola History
Cocoa & Hot Chocolate History
Cocktail History
Coffee Cake History
Coffee Grinder History
Coffee History
Cold Duck History
Cole Slaw History
Constant Comment Tea
Cooked Fruit/Compote History

Cooking History
Corn History
Cornbread History
Corn Chips History
Corned Beef Hash History
Corn Flakes History
Cottage Pie (see Shepherd’s Pie)

Coquito Cocktail History
Cordon Bleu History
Cotton Candy History
Cranberry History
Cream Cheese History
Cream Puff History
Creamsicle History
Crêpes History
Crêpes Suzette History
Crescenza Cheese History
Croissant History
Crudités History
Cucumber History
Cupcake History
Currants History
Curry Powder History
Custard History

Foods & Beverages D & E (29)
Daiquiri History
Danish Pastry & Viennoiserie History
Delicata Squash History
Dessert History
Deviled Eggs History
Devil’s Food Cake History
Dirt Cake History
Dirty Martini History
Doggie Bag History
Doughnut History
Drinking Straw History
Easter Egg History
Easter Ham History
Eclair History
Edible Flowers History
Egg Drop Soup History
Egg Nog History
Eggplant History
Egg Roll History
Egg Salad History
Eggs Benedict History
El Día De Los Muertos History
Empanadas History
English Muffin History
Epiphany Cake History / Galette Des Rois
Espresso History
Etrog (Citron) History
Evaporated Milk & Sweetened Condensed Milk
Everything Bagel History

Foods & Beverages F & G (49)
Falafel History
Faloodeh – Falooda – Faludeh History
Fast Food History
Fennel History
Feta Cheese History
Fettucine Alfredo History
Fig History
Fig Newton History
Flambé Food
Fluffernutter History
Focaccia History
Food Preservation History
Forks History
Fortune Cookie History
French Fries History
French Onion Dip History
French Toast History
Fried Rice History
Fritos History
Frosé Cocktail History
Frosted Flakes History
Frozen Custard History
Frozen Yogurt History
Fruitcake History
Fruit Cocktail History
Fudge History
Garlic Bread History
Gazpacho History
German Chocolate Cake History
German Wine History
Gin And Tonic History
Ginger History
Gingerbread House History
Gingerbread Men History
Gnocchi History
Gnudi History
Graham Cracker History
Grain Bowl History
Granola History
Grapefruit History & Red Grapefruit History
Gratin/Au Gratin/Potatoes Au Gratin History
Greek Salad History
Green Goddess Dressing
Gremolata History
Guacamole History
Guinness Beer
Gumbo History
Gum Drop History
Gummy Candy History
Gyro History
Foods & Beverages H, I, J, K (54)
Halloween History (also see Jack O’Lantern and Trick-Or-Treating)
Halva (Halvah) History
Hamburger History
Hand Pie History
Happy Hour History
Hard Candy History
Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail Recipe
Hoagie / Submarine Sandwich History
Honey History
Honey Bear Bottle History
Hong Kong (Chinese) Egg Tarts History
Hops History
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Cross Buns History
Hot Dog History
Hot Sauce History
Hummus History
Iceberg Lettuce History
Ice Box Cake History
Ice Cream History
Ice Cream Cone History
Ice Cream Freezer History
Ice Cream Sandwich History
Ice Cream Social History
Ice Cream Soda & Ice Cream Sundae History
Ice Cube Tray
Ice For Iced Drinks History
Iced Tea History
Indian Pudding History
Instant Coffee History
Irish Coffee History
Irish Soda Bread
Israeli Salad History
Jack O’Lantern History
Jaffle Sandwich History
Jambalaya History
Jam, Jelly & Preserves History
Jell-O History
Jell-O Mold History
Jell-O Shots History
Jelly Bean History
Jerky History
July 4th History
Kahlua History
Kale History
Kamut History
Kebab History
Kefir History
Ketchup History
Key Lime Pie History
Key Limes History
King Cake History
Kir & Kir Royale History
Kiwifruit History
Kouign Aman Pastry History
Knives History
Kung Pao Chicken History

Food & Beverages L, M, N, O (76)
Lady Apples
Latkes (see Potato Pancakes)
Lasagna History
Latke History
Layered Salad History
Lemon History
Lemonade History
Lemon Chiffon Cake History
Lemon Meringue Pie History
Lettuce History
Licorice History
Limburger Cheese History
Lime History
Liqueur History
Lollipop History
Lobster History
Lobster Newburg History
Lobster Rolls History
Macaroni & Cheese History
Macaroons & Macarons History
Mai Tai History
Mallomars Cookies History
Mandarin (Fruit) History
Mandoline History
Maple Syrup History
Maraschino Cherries History
Marble Cake History
Mardi Gras History
Margarine History
Margarita History
Martini History (also Dirty Martini History)
Marshmallow Fluff / Marshmallow Cream History
Marshmallow History
Mascarpone History
Mason Jar/Ball Jar History
Matzo History
Mayonnaise History
Meatballs History
Melon & Prosciutto History
Membrillo History
Meringue/Meringues History
Mexican Cooking History
Mezcal History
Michelada History
Milk Punch History
Milkshake History
Mimosa Cocktail
Mince Pie History
Mint Julep History
Mocha History
Mochi History
Mojito History
Montery Jack Cheese
Moscato Wine History
Moscow Mule History
Mostarda History
Mozzarella Cheese
Muesli History
Mug Cakes
Mustard History
Nachos History
Napkins History
‘Nduja History
Negroni Cocktail History
No Churn Ice Cream
Noodle Kugel/Noodle Pudding History
Nougat (Torrone) History
Nutella History
Oktoberfest History
Olive Oil History
Onion History
Opal Apple History
Oreo History
Oven Cooking History
Oyster Crackers History
Oyster History
Oysters Rockefeller History

Food & Beverages P (71)

Paella History
Paloma Cocktail HistoryPaloma Cocktail History
Pancake History
Panettone History
Panko Breadcrumbs History
Panzanella (Bread Salad) History
Parfait History
Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Parsnips History
Pasta Al Forno (Baked Pasta) History
Pasta History
Pavlova History
Pastry History
Pea History
Pea Soup History
Peach History
Peach Melba History
Peanut Butter History
Peanut Butter Cup History
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich History
Peanut History
Peanut Clusters History
Pecan Pie & Pecan Trees History
Pecorino Cheese History
Peeps History
Penuche Fudge History
Pernod History
Pesto History
Pfeffernüsse History
Pho Vietnamese Soup History
Pi Day
Piave Vecchio Cheese
Pickles History
Pie A La Mode History
Pie History
Pie & Pastry History
PieCaken History
Pierogy/Peirogi History
Pigs In Blankets History
Pilaf History
Pimento Cheese History
Piña Colada History
Piñata Cake History
Pineapple History
Pineapple Upside Down Cake History
Pisco History
Pizza History
Pommes Aligot History
Pommes Anna History
Popcorn History
Popover History
Popsicle History
Portabella/Portobello Mushroom History
Posole/Pozole History
Potato Chips History
Potato History
Potato Pancake History
Potato Salad History
Pot Pie History
Pound Cake History
Poutine History
Pousse-Cafe History
Praline History
Pretzel History
Probiotics History
Prosecco History
Prune History
Puff Pastry History
Pumpkin History
Pumpernickel Bread History
Punch History
Food & Beverages Q & R (22)

Quaker Oatmeal History
Quesadilla History
Quiche History
Quinoa History
Radler Beer History
Raisinets History
Ramen Noodles History
Ranch Dressing History
Ravioli History
Relish Tray & Crudités (counted under Crudités)
Rhubarb History
Rice History
Rice Pudding History
Rigatoni History
Risotto History
Romesco Sauce History
Root Beer History
Rosé Wine
Rugelach History
Rum History
Rum Raisin Ice Cream History

Food & Beverages S (53)

Saké History
Salad History
Salsa History
Salt Cellar History
Sandwich History
Salt History
Sangria History
San Marzano Tomato History
Sardines History
Sauvignon Blanc History
Savoy Cabbage History
Scones History
Sekt Sparkling Wine History
Seltzer History – See Carbonated Water
Seven Layer Dip History
Sheet Pan History
Shepherd’s Pie
Shortbread History
Shortcake History
Shrimp History
Shrimp Scampi History
Shrubs (British Drink) History
Skyr History
Sliders History
Smash Cocktail History
Smoothie History
S’mores History
Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snow Cone History
Soup History
Sourdough Bread History
Spaghetti Carbonara History
Spinach History
Spinach & Artichoke Dip History
Sponge Cake History
Sponge Candy History
Spoons History
Sriracha Sauce History
Steak Tartare History
Sticky Bun History
Stout Beer History
Strawberries Romanoff History
Strawberry History
Stroopwafels History
Strudel History
Succotash History
Sugar Cane History
Sugar History
Sugar Plums History
Surf & Turf History
Sushi History
Sushi Donuts History
Sweetened Condensed Milk History
Sweet Potato History
Swiss Chocolate History

Food & Beverages T & U (34)

Taco History
Taffy & Salt Water Taffy History
Tagliatelle Pasta
Tapas History
Tarte Tatin History
Tater Tot History
Tea Bag History
Tea History
Tempranillo Wine
Tempura History
Tequila History
Teriyaki History
Thai Iced Tea & Iced Coffee
Tiki Drinks & Tiki Bar History
Tiradito History
Tiramisu History
Toasting To Your Health History
Toffee History
Tomato History
Tom Collins Cocktail History
Torrone History
Tortellini History
Tortilla Chip History
Tortilla History
Trail Mix History
Tres Leches Cake History
Trick-Or-Treating History
Truffles History
Turkey History
Turnover History
Turtle Candy History
TV Dinner History
Upside-Down Cake History

Food & Beverages V to Z (29)
Vadouvan Spice History
Vanilla History
Vanilla Pudding History
Vermouth History
Vinegar History
Vodka History
Vichyssoise History
Waffle History
Waffle Iron History
Walnuts History
Watermelon History
Wedge Salad History
Whipped Cream History
Whiskey History
Whiskey Sour History
White Chocolate History
White Russian Cocktail History
Whole Grains History
Whoopie Pies History
Wiener Schnitzel History
Wine Spritzer History
Worcestershire Sauce History
Yeast (Baker’s) History
York Peppermint Pattie History
Yorkshire Pudding History
Zinfandel Wine History
Zucchini History
Zucchini Bread History


  Avocado Halves
The history of avocado.

National Bagelfest DayBagelfest
The history of bagels.

BLT Sandwich History
The history of the BLT sandwich.

Chai Spice Bundt
The history of cake.

Deviled Eggs With Smoked Okra
The history of deviled eggs.

English Muffins
The history of English muffins.

Peanut Butter Fudge
The history of fudge.

Gin & Tonic
The history of the Gin & Tonic.

No Churn Blackberry Ice Cream
The history of ketchup.

The history of ice cream.
Hibiscus Salt Rim
The history of the Margarita.

The history of pickles.

Artisan Potato Chips
The history of potato chips.

The history of waffles.

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