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Food History: Ketchup and Mustard

Food History: Ketchup and Mustard

Around 300 BCE, people in China were experimenting with making pungent pastes out of fermented fish guts. A few centuries later, the Greek historian Pliny shared a method to treat scorpion stings using the ground-up seeds of a common plant. These are the unlikely origin stories of ketchup and mustard. Hi, I’m Justin Dodd. *And …

Crash Course Big History #5: The Evolutionary Epic

Crash Course Big History #5: The Evolutionary Epic

Hi, I’m John Green. Welcome to Crash Course Big History. Today we’re going to be traversing the evolutionary epic– the great story of magnificent beasts, terrifying predators, quite a lot of extinctions, and countless varieties of evolutionary forms. It’s the ultimate epic– millions upon millions of species playing out a drama that has so far …

Nachos (Food History Ep. 2)

Nachos (Food History Ep. 2)

Nachos were invented in Mexico, by a Mexican, but they’re not exactly Mexican food. They’re enormously successful, available in restaurants around the world, but their creator wasn’t even a chef. Confused? Me too. All the time. Let’s go back to the 1940s. Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya was working at Club Victoria in the border town of …

Food History: Mashed Potatoes

Food History: Mashed Potatoes

During the Seven Years War of the mid-1700s, a French army pharmacist named Antoine-Augustin Parmentier was captured by Prussian soldiers. As a prisoner of war, he was forced to live on rations of potatoes. In mid-18th century France, this would practically qualify as cruel and unusual punishment: potatoes were thought of as feed for livestock, …