thoughts of food

The case for MSG

“According to Rains and her team, MSG is one of the most baselessly demonized ingredients in American history.” | learn more

thoughts of food

The development of the fish stick

“The fish stick – the bane of schoolchildren who generally consider it an overcooked, bread-encrusted, cardboard-tasting, fish-less effort of lunchrooms and mothers to deceive them into consuming protein – is a postwar invention that came into existence as the confluence […]

thoughts of food

Vegetable oils

From food entrepreneur Justin Mares. “I’m seeing more and more people rely on randomized clinical trials and research to make any sort of nutritional recommendation. If there’s not a randomized clinical trial (RCT, the gold standard for determining causation in […]

thoughts of food

What’s on the menu?

“We’re transcribing our historical restaurant menus, dish by dish, so that they can be searched by what people were eating back in the day.” | learn more