What was Italian food like before the tomato?
When coffee houses started popping up in Europe what establishments lost business as a result?
Did Marco Polo really bring noodles to Europe from China?
Where can I find the answer to all these questions and more? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm
on Mar 6, 2013 -
I always hear that the traditionally heavy US diet ( or any " traditional" cuisine, really ) was developed for people working long hard hours of manual labor, farm work, etc., so what did the people who had sedentary, less active jobs eat? What were the historical diets of people who didn't haul lumber through the woods or dig ditches, but recorded numbers or did accounting or translated documents?
posted by The Whelk
on Jun 22, 2012 -
What are the best blogs, online periodicals, or discussion groups that address the history and consumption of food in an intelligent and critical way? (In other words, not just a place to swap recipes.) I would love to know where people find the most engaging ideas about food.
posted by tnygard
on Mar 17, 2012 -
and I would like to go to New Orleans, LA in March, 2012. We're fairly laid back and not huge into the tourism craziness that I tend to associate with NOLA. It is possible to go to The Big Easy and, well, have a chill time? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea
on Nov 18, 2011 -
We're not in the beef jerky aisle at 7-11 anymore, Toto: tell me about foods from other cultures which are difficult for the American/Western palate to "translate". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Mar 31, 2010 -
I'm working on a video project about the backlash to Obama mentioning the price of arugula at Whole Foods. Can you think of any other examples, real of fictional, of food being framed as elitist or snobby? [more inside]
posted by loping
on Nov 8, 2009 -
What are different cultures' versions of comfort foods that are prepared for people who are sick and feeling under the weather? [more inside]
posted by illenion
on Oct 15, 2009 -
I'm looking for a recommendation for dealing with the relationship between food and culture/society/history [more inside]
posted by KilgoreTrout
on May 18, 2009 -
Culture Clash Filter: Help me find information on Collectivism and Individualism reflected through Korean and North American food and restaurant culture. [more inside]
posted by Knigel
on Nov 23, 2008 -
What are some foods that come from one country, but seem (by their ingredients, preparation, or other qualities) to come from somewhere completely different? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger
on Aug 13, 2007 -
What makes Albany, NY a cool place to live? I recently accepted a job that's going to take me there in a few months, and I must admit, I know next to nothing about the place. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman
on Aug 2, 2007 -
Does anyone know how to make the smell of kimchi
(a Korean dish: fermented, spicy cabbage) less offending for those who are not eating it? [more inside]
posted by somersault
on Feb 26, 2007 -
What Japanese style amenities can be found in London? Most especially I am on the hunt for group Karaoke
booths (preferably with an 'all you can drink' policy) and supermarkets stocking exclusively
Japanese produce.... What's out there?
posted by 0bvious
on Oct 1, 2006 -
I need authoritative sources on the history of and traditions involving pizzelle. [more inside]
posted by Airhen
on Aug 7, 2006 -
What is the best food dish (speciality) out of every culture? I've decided to try at least one thing from as many cultures as I can think of and find an authentic meal for each. For example, I know nothing about Korean, German, Ethiopian, Lebanese, Portuguese, or Irish food - any suggestions there? Thanks!
posted by agregoli
on Apr 8, 2006 -
Help us party like it's 1974! A friend is throwing a 1974 party (she was born in that year) and my partner and I would like to bring a gift to the party relevant to that year. We've already drawn up an extensive list of '74 references (see inside) but are really missing out on ideas for food and drink. [more inside]
posted by unclemonty
on Mar 15, 2006 -
Dear international travelers: what, where and when are your favorite food-based cultural festivals? I'm not only asking about agricultural festivals, although I appreciate recommendations for those, too; I'm also interested in religious and cultural festivals where a specific food or ingredient plays a central role.
posted by luriete
on Sep 22, 2005 -
Bon Temps: Requesting your suggestions for a Louisiana-themed benefit party. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Sep 8, 2005 -
I am an Indian cuisine virgin. All I know is that there's curry involved. What is the best way to get introduced to it with a representative sampling? Are there single dishes that will give me a good idea whether I will like the genre as a whole? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe
on Apr 28, 2005 -