Little League baseball as we know it is result of child development theory and practices in America's heartland in the years directly after World War II.
Nineteenth-century board games help to map public morality, from religious virtue to upward mobility.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when the taco was invented, but the taco truck has grown from humble origins to inspire an entire mobile food revolution.
In 1940s America, two folklorists undertook the task of collecting and studying the "modern" ghost stories of their time.
The Jewish deli is a New York City tradition that has spread far beyond the city's limits. It's a tradition worthy of its own history.
Where does the figure of Santa Claus come from? Turns out the answer is not "the North Pole." And he's not just about Christianity, either.
Puddings can be surprisingly nationalistic.
Thanksgiving is a feast so complex and semiotically dense that things are very often forgotten and rarely go according to plan.
Recreating ancient meals--complete with 2500-year-old booze--is no easy feat.
A scholar examines kitschy American foods as an entree into a conversation about class in the United States.