In the beginning…

There was a blog post.

My first blog post, in fact.

Welcome to what I hope will be a thrilling journey through time. We’ll walk together through human history, looking at how food has shaped and been shaped by humans as we spread, explored, and traded with each other. I hope the path will be as exciting for you as it is for me!

I got the itch to write a blog like this after listening to Ken Albala’s lecture series on food history through The Great Courses on Audible.com –several times, to be honest! He’s an incredible lecturer and the subject matter he covers fascinates me, but it left me wanting more. So I decided I would see if I could dig deeper into some of the things I learned, maybe look at Albala’s sources myself.

I’m no food historian, nor any type of historian. Far from it. To tell the truth, I’ve always had trouble connecting with history when people have tried teaching it to me. This changed when I looked at history through the lens of food. I’d never thought about it deeply before, but food connects everything. Eating food is something we all do. Every human from the dawn of time (if you’ll excuse the terrible cliché) has eaten food. It connects every single one of us. So I want to look more closely at it. I want to see how food has affected our history and how history has affected our food. I hope you will join me.

So there’s the mission statement!

I’ve never done anything like this before, so please bear with me while I figure out the best way to research and share the histories of the foods we all know and (mostly — here’s looking at you, broccoli) love. It will be fun! It will be exciting! We’ll get to learn some new stuff while we read about food, eat food, cook food, and maybe even grow some food of our own!

So, everybody, get ready to Eat Your History!

— Evelyn

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