Welcome to History Reheated!

At some point in our lives, we’ve all rummaged through the refrigerator, looking for something to eat. If your refrigerators is anything like mine, it can hold some pleasant surprises. Leftovers make some of the best meals. It’s delightful to know that after a long day at work, all I have to do is reheat dinner.

The past is also full of unexpected surprises. As a historian, I’ve always been fascinated with food stories, old cookbooks, and recipes. Over the last several years, I’ve amassed a collection of historic cookbooks, stuffed into boxes, bookshelves, and an embarrassing number of piles. Historical leftovers, if you will. Join me and revisit these stories from the past.

Amanda Van Lanen is a professor of history at Lewis-Clark State College.