Food History

Note: I recently ran across this article I wrote in 1998. I have intentionally not revised it and offer it now (2017) as an historical document that is much more relevant today than it should be. 20 years ago, genetically engineered food was a threat and, today, it still is, and continues to be a […]

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Virgil on August 20, 2011

One of the things I find facinating about food is the assumptions many people make about where their favorite foods originally came from. In the US, for example, we rely heavily on corn, wheat, potato, cattle and pigs, just to name a few. Yet, none came from what is now the United States. The same […]

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Virgil on March 8, 2011

Food has defined human development and evolution since Homo Habilus The single most important factor affecting development of human culture throughout prehistory and history (history being defined as what has occurred since written records have been kept, prior to that, we depend only on the archaeological record for our data) is food and how we […]

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Virgil on December 18, 2010

I wrote a previous article about Travel Channel getting it completely wrong about the history of barbeque in the United States. I am watching Chopped on Food Network and just saw an ad spot with Paula Deen saying that the technique of smoking meats, bacon in particular, was originally taught to the settlers in Smithfield, […]

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Virgil on November 24, 2010

Ignoring for now the fact that the Plymouth “Thanksgiving” in 1621 was almost certainly not the original or first Thanksgiving, let’s discuss turkeys in New England. When Marc Forgione stated that the original Thanksgiving was actually a harvest festival and did not include turkey, I was surprised and didn’t believe it. Bobby Flay demonstrated major […]

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Virgil on November 23, 2010

I received permission to reprint this article from the author: AUBURN, June 1—Some nutritionists believe we would all be a lot healthier if we ate more like our paleolithic ancestors. In one respect, they’re right. Prehistoric diets, after all, were almost entirely free of saturated fat, sodium and sugar – factors associated with the rising […]

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Virgil on November 23, 2010

Ever wonder where the foods you like to eat originally came from? Have you ever wondered how our prehistoric ancestors coped with only the foods they had at hand? First they were hunter-gatherers, then came the development of agriculture that allowed for permanent settlements and the evolution of food plants from something most of us […]

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