The Finger Bowl Is an Old Dining Etiquette Tradition That Could Soon Disappear
The tableside rinse has links to an enduring caste system and social hierarchy. So would it be better if it went away for good?
Looking for Blood
Blood does not factor into what’s generalized as "American food" — but why?
The Sweet Pleasures of the Asian Fruit Cream Cake
How a delightful combination of sponge cake, whipped topping, and fresh fruit ended up on dessert menus all over Asia and the United States
When Did America Turn on the Appletini?
The origin story of an essential ’90s cocktail reveals a simpler, sickly-sweeter time in American drinking culture
The Rise of ‘Hangry’: A Modern Word for a Timeless Feeling
From Etsy signs to Snickers ad campaigns, ‘hangry’ is the word (and feeling) we can’t get away from
How the Corn Dog Became the Must-Eat Food of American Presidential Candidates
A long time favorite of state fairs, the corn dog represents Americana and, quite possibly, a way to the White House
Beef on Weck Is Buffalo’s Best Contribution to the Culinary World
The roast beef sandwich predates Buffalo wings as a specialty in upstate New York
The Frappuccino as Rite of Passage
For many tweens and teens from the ’90s and beyond, the Starbucks Frapp was a gateway into what felt like adulthood
When Did Drag Brunch Get So Normie?
Historically, drag has thrived in queer, underground nightclubs. And then brunch brought it to light.
Where Did the All-Too-Familiar Chinese Zodiac Placemat Come From?
Chances are if you’ve been to a Chinese restaurant in America, you’ve seen one of these
Every Gingerbread Tells a Story
The baked goods play a crucial role in Helen Oyeyemi’s novel of the same name — and in countless narratives across history
All Out of Luck
New Chinese restaurants that happen to be named Lucky Cricket, Lucky Cat, and Lucky Lee’s lead to accusations of cultural appropriation
How the Gooey, Cheesy Hot Brown Became a Kentucky Icon
The open-faced sandwich has inspired endless imitators, but people still flock to Louisville’s Brown Hotel to try the original
How Silicon Valley’s Favorite Chinese-American Restaurant Was Born
Since opening in 1970, Chef Chu’s has played host to tech elites and numerous heads of state
Almond Boneless Chicken Is a Chinese-American Cult Favorite
Why Michigan is obsessed with this fried-chicken-with-gravy dish
A Brief History of McDonald’s Apple Pie
The sweet pastry has been updated numerous times over the years, from fried to baked to now with less sugar
No Bun Can Contain Indiana’s Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
The Hoosier State’s most beloved dish, explained
How Harry & David Cornered the Market on Pricey Mail-Order Pears
And why consumers are willing to pay a premium for its gold-wrapped fruit
The Cult of Crystal Hot Sauce
How New Orleans’s famous cayenne condiment conquered America
The Future of Jamaican Fusion Food Is Now
Meet the new generation of chefs putting jerk-bacon burgers and oxtail stews on the menu
How the Garbage Plate Became a Western New York Icon
The Rochester dish is late-night drinking food at its finest
The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest
The genius move that turned potato scraps into a frozen-food empire