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The History of Food


Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
We all have some interest in where our favorite foodstuffs came from, or how a restaurant got started. To start off, here's a quick subject on the once ubiquitous Benihana



My father told me this would happen
The very idea of living in a time period without potatoes or tomatoes makes me shudder.


TT's Resident Ace of Base Superfan
No french fries. No Pizza. No grape tomatoes for my salad. Yeesh that's scary.


Arm Candy
Hey, cool topic! Lately I've been watching a few episodes of Tasting History, a series where this guy looks at foods dating back to ancient times. I liked his episode on Garum, in particular.

Could it be the progenitor of ketchup?
Garum is also a topic covered in A History of Salt! It's fascinating that we know what Garum is because we have recipes, but we have no idea if the Garum we make based off of those is what Garum would have tasted like back then.

Exposition Owl

Doctor Hoo
The very idea of living in a time period without potatoes or tomatoes makes me shudder.

It blows my mind a little bit to think that there was a time before pasta had been introduced to Italy, or before chili peppers were introduced to India or Thailand.


????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
Wait. Is this thread supposed to be about The History of Food or The Food of History?


Find Your Reason
I came to this thread expecting to find out when "food" was first discovered.


Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
4.5 billion years ago, a microorganism licked a thermal vent in the nascent oceans and found it "edible."


Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)

Although it is not known when or where life on Earth began, some of the earliest habitable environments may have been submarine-hydrothermal vents. Here we describe putative fossilized microorganisms that are at least 3,770 million and possibly 4,290 million years old in ferruginous sedimentary rocks, interpreted as seafloor-hydrothermal vent-related precipitates, from the Nuvvuagittuq belt in Canada. These structures occur as micrometre-scale haematite tubes and filaments with morphologies and mineral assemblages similar to those of filamentous microbes from modern hydrothermal vent precipitates and analogous microfossils in younger rocks. The Nuvvuagittuq rocks contain isotopically light carbon in carbonate and carbonaceous material, which occurs as graphitic inclusions in diagenetic carbonate rosettes, apatite blades intergrown among carbonate rosettes and magnetite–haematite granules, and associated with carbonate in direct contact with the putative microfossils. Collectively, these observations are consistent with an oxidised biomass and provide evidence for biological activity in submarine-hydrothermal environments more than 3,770 million years ago.


Little Waves
Staff member
The Armed Forces once developed a chocolate bar that wouldn't melt even in the jungles of Viet Nam. Soldiers dubbed it the John Wayne Bar out of the belief that he was the only man with a jaw strong enough to bite through the thing.


Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
Apparently it's been Canada Week over at The Takeout.

Chalet Sauce is not good, and the world needs to know

Now, I have nothing against Canadian businesses. They employ many of us, after all. I do, however, have issues with abominable food—if it can be considered food—like Chalet Sauce.

Chalet Sauce lies somewhere between gravy and a non-tart sweet and sour sauce, heavy on cornstarch and spice. To me, it always tasted of expired Christmas spices, namely nutmeg and cinnamon—but triple the amount that’s actually necessary, in the way bad cooks overcompensate by adding extra seasoning to a dish to make up for whatever other ingredients have gone stale. I’ve almost lost friendships because I think it’s terrible. But other people, like my friend Jesse Vallins, chef at the Maple Leaf Tavern in Toronto and someone I highly respect—save for having terrible taste when it comes to Chalet Sauce—seems to drink it by the cupful.