December 17, 2012 Many Russians will join their Georgian neighbors in feasting on Georgian specialties for St. Barbara's Day. But the countries' political relations have led to restrictions on imports of Georgian wine and mineral water. A recent thawing offers hope for a sweeter future.
December 10, 2012 At a glance, they look like any other Civil War-era vignettes and portraits of children kneeling in prayer or cloaked in the U.S. flag. But, there's more to these cartes de visite than meets the eye.
December 6, 2012 When Arthur Drooker saw the amazing color photos of Pie Town taken in 1940, he decided to visit the oddly named town to see what remained and what had changed. And, of course, to see if the place lived up to its name.
December 5, 2012 Reformers of the 19th century warned that taking a tea break would steer Irish peasant women to thoughts of revolution. The warnings largely went unheeded. Still, it gives us pause to think about our modern-day food obsessions and how they might look to others in the future.
December 5, 2012 It's a tombstone like no other. A rough, clumpy hunk of granite, carried across Europe on a sea of ice, dumped in a valley, shipped across the Atlantic, lugged to Massachusetts — all to honor a restless man.
December 4, 2012 Europeans and American colonists believed one's personality, temperament and physical health depended on balancing "humors" of hot, cold, moist and dry with foods. Of course, that worked for the wealthy, who could afford a variety of foods, and it kept them in power.