The rise of industrial production and commercial marketing transformed the way that well-to-do Americans celebrate weddings.
Each of them has a distinctive structure and a complex history.
We cook bread, meat, and vegetables much the same way: in our ovens. So why do we say we "bake" bread, but we "roast" meat and veggies?
The first baths weren't about getting clean or relaxing. In the 1860s, experts agreed that the best kind of bath was a brief plunge in cold water.
An archaeologist explores how the division of upper- and lower-class cuisine may have developed in France more than 2,000 years ago.
In the 1990s, middle class clientele used legitimization techniques to "to frame their desires for tattoos within mainstream definitions of success."
The barbecue boom in 1950s American was tied to nationalistic concepts of the "perfect family": patriarchal, suburban, and white.
Historian Robin Veder explains that the way we associate female nurturing with gardens goes back to the way ideas about gender and work changed in the mid-nineteenth century.
One scholar sees the toaster as a symbol of a modernized, industrialized society—the culprit of bread’s mechanization and a perpetrator of assimilation.
According to one scholar, we're inundated with ways to pursue pleasure, which we conflate with happiness, to our own detriment.