Food

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Elixirs, tonics, diets and cornflakes: peddling health during the 20th Century

From the very start of the 20th century, nutrition was considered as essential to well-being as physical exercise, with food being seen as a key to good health.

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Celebrity chefs of the past: Meet the women who taught Europe to cook

Meet four early modern cookbook authors from across Europe and discover the fascinating stories of these women.

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Jacob’s Biscuit Factory in Dublin: the historic home of the cream cracker

The Jacob’s factory in Dublin is an icon of Ireland’s industrial heritage. The blog, illustrated with newly digitised material from Dublin City Library and Archive, tells the history of the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, home of the cream cracker.

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Maggi: a Swiss seasoning that found a home in various cultures

As a child growing up in Senegal, Maggi cubes and Maggi sauce were a big and important ingredient in many Senegalese dishes, if not all of them. I remember watching countless advertisements on TV promoting Maggi cubes, with a Senegalese lady in her boubou (traditional clothing) preparing a meal.

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Vintage food advertising: a culinary tour through European newspapers

Our newspapers collection includes more than 4 million newspaper issues from around 20 countries.

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Pizza: a slice of migration history

Pizza – possibly one of the most popular, tasty and simple things you can have for dinner tonight. But behind its simplicity lies a much more complex history – this is the tale of the Margherita’s migration.

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Kapsalon: Barbers and deep-fried snacks

Rotterdam is home to a gorgeous harbour, no-nonsense citizens,  multiculturalism and quirky architecture. What you may not know about this Dutch city is its contribution to the world’s fast-food heritage –  ‘kapsalon’ – meaning barbershop. The dish is believed to have been invented by a barber who asked the Turkish lunchroom across the street to […]

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Brussels Cartoon Postcards

A number of reasons caused a revival of the caricature during the war in Belgium. It’s an interesting medium. Exaggeration or simplification of facts creates a comic effect and it reflects the essence of a situation so it can be comprehended at one glance. At the same time, it can contain deeper meanings that are only […]

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