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Believe It Or Not: Genghis Khan Created the Hamburger

We typically think of Genghis Khan as a ruthless tyrant, slaughtering nearby civilizations for the purpose of expanding the Mongolian Empire. But National Geographic is exploring a side effect of …

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The Messy History of Ramen

Before he began his lecture on Monday night, assistant history professor at New York University, George Solt, had a few disclaimers. “I don’t know how to cook ramen,” he warned his audience, “and …

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How Southwestern Cuisine Conquered the American Palate

It’s impossible to even think the word Southwestern without the the phrase "chicken salad" springing up behind it. Or maybe “cheese fries.” Or even, God help us, “egg rolls.” It depends on which…

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10 Ways the Italians Changed the Way America Eats

From meatball heros to pizza, Italian immigrants have left an indelible mark on the American diet. In honor of Columbus Day, Robert Sietsema reveals how your favorite red-sauce classics came to be.…

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A Complete Guide to the Jewish Delis of Los Angeles

New York may have set the blueprint for the Jewish delicatessen, but some say L.A. perfected it. Get familiar with the history of the old-school classics, plus what to order when you go.…

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A Brief History of Cooking with Marijuana

Bhang! That’s the sound of your head exploding as you drink the onomatopoeic beverage called bhang, which originated in 10th-century India. According to food historian K.T. Achaya, that…