Articles by Jesse Rhodes

Granita

Three Ways to Eat Ice

For those of you who want to explore chilly desserts beyond ice cream, try these frozen treats

Why Do Men Grill?

Globally, it seems that this gendered division of cookery is an American thing

Crawfish étouffée

Five Quintessential Cajun Foods

If you've only had the pleasure of eating a bowl of gumbo, queue up some Beausoleil and prepare some of these specialties

Salt

Mark Kurlansky on the Cultural Importance of Salt

Salt, it may be useful to know, cures a zombie

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky, available through booksellers on May 8

Clarence Birdseye, the Man Behind Modern Frozen Food

I spoke with author Mark Kurlansky about the quirky inventor who changed the way we eat

Pop Tarts

Unorthodox Foods for Mother’s Day

I dug some more into how food companies are positioning their products for this time of year, and some of my findings were, well, unconventional

Peanuts

The Legumes of War: How Peanuts Fed the Confederacy

Food shortages were a problem for both military and civilians. But even in these hard times, people could find relief in peanuts

The Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota

The Stories Behind Five Famous Advertising Characters

Inspired by the Sriracha Flamethrower Grizzly, a look back at some of the great icons of food branding

Skull cups from Gough's Cave

Sipping From a Skull

Archaeologists may have found the earliest examples of human skull cups

Nouveau Pac Man Cuisine

Food and Video Games

Video games may be the art medium of the 21st century, but they're also an advertising medium. Here are five notable games that promoted foods

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Why We Have Sliced Bread

"Here is a refinement that will receive a hearty and permanent welcome," a reporter wrote of the best thing to hit grocery store shelves

Organic red lentils

Five Ways to Eat Lentils

Tired of soup? Use them in cookies, pies or puddings—no, really

Let's Kiss.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Food and Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

What is the term for a "euphoric sensation upon eating amazingly delicious food"

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Sugar of Lead: A Deadly Sweetener

Did ancient Romans, Pope Clement II or Ludwig van Beethoven overdose on a sweet salt of lead?

Eintopf

The Battle for Food in World War II

A new book examines how food figured into the major powers' war plans

Meringue cookies

Meringue Chemistry: The Secrets of Fluff

If these things were made by Renaissance chefs in the days before electric mixers, surely I could manage to whip some up myself

Thin Mints

When Did the Girl Scouts Start Selling Cookies?

What are your favorite varieties, and what do they say about you? And did you sell the cookies as a kid?

Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

How to Plan a Party Based on Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party

I'm putting on my event planner hat to offer up the following ideas for a party inspired by an Impressionist painting

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Julia Child’s Kitchen Closes This Weekend

January 8 will be your last chance to see Julia Child's kitchen for a while, so hurry by the American History Museum

Churros can be both delicious and dangerous.

Law and Order: Four Food Crimes

After stealing $1,500 worth of cooking oil from a Burger King, two men were apprehended siphoning off oil from a Golden Corral