Category Archives: Food and Cuisine History

French Presidential Palace Auctions Wines

The Palais de l’Élysée, official residence of the Président de la République in France, auctioned off approximately 10 percent of its wine cellar this week. This is reportedly the first such sale by the Élysée, intended to raise money to … Continue reading

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Arcimboldo’s Four Seasons in New York

Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Four Seasons paintings have been transformed  into massive sculptures and are on display in New York. Philip Haas, a filmmaker and artist, has created a series of sculptures based on Arcimboldo’s paintings. According to NPR, “this … Continue reading

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Italian Salumi in the USA!

Italian salumi are finally coming to the United States! Americans who have lived in Italy will be salivating, since the USDA is finally lifting its ban on cured meats from some regions of Italy. “Starting May 28, a four-decades-old ban … Continue reading

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Halal Meat and French Politics

Meat often enters French politics, usually through the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the Front National (FN). In almost every recent election cycle, the FN pushes for the adoption of new anti-immigrant laws and regulations, especially targeted at France’s considerable Muslim population. … Continue reading

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Coffee in the Early Modern Mediterranean

We take coffee shops for granted today. From global chain like Starbucks to classic Parisian cafés and local American diners, coffee shops deliver caffeine to people around the world. Coffee consumption became global in the seventeenth century, when a coffee … Continue reading

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Gout Makes a Comeback

Gout is making a comeback in the United States.  This disease causes serious inflammation, swelling, and pain—especially in the feet. During the medieval and early modern periods, gout was considered a disease of the nobility.  Manuscript correspondence of European nobles … Continue reading

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Mediterraneans Abandon Diet

For decades, nutritionists have celebrated the concept of the “Mediterranean Diet,” touted for its focus on vegetables, fish, and minimal meat. Historians and anthropologists have long considered the concept problematic, since actual diets vary widely across Mediterranean societies. Whatever the … Continue reading

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