Food Facts and History

BBC Online Food Glossary

British Broadcasting Corporation.

Discover new techniques, culinary terms, and cooking basics as well as a glossary of culinary terms.


A Brief History of USDA Food Guides (PDF | 768 KB)

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

See the evolution of food guides from 1916 to present day.


Cultural Diversity in Food (PDF | 81 KB)

University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

Spice up your family recipes with herbs, spices and other ingredients borrowed from various cultures around the world.


A Drop of Water Creates Ripples Around It Drinking Water Glossary

US Environmental Protection Agency.

Understand the terminology used to describe drinking water.


Food Timeline

Historical Information on Food.

Explore the historical evolution of foods and their culinary application.


Dried herbs Herbs and Spices (PDF | 439 KB)

Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Provides information on uses, storage, and history of spices.


United States Department of Agriculture logo National School Lunch Program Commodity Fact Sheets

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Find USDA commodity fact sheets and recipes. Includes description of the product, packaging and storage information, nutrition information, and suggested recipes.


Nuts for Nutrition

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Learn how nuts and seeds can improve your health and nutrition.


Science in Your Shopping Cart

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Explore the science that contributes to the taste and sensory effects of your favorite foods.


Spice Encyclopedia

Tone Brothers, Inc.

Learn about the history of spices as well selection and storage information.


Recipe Box and Chef Hat The Cook's Thesaurus

The Cook's Thesaurus.

Search for information about ingredients in your favorite recipes. Includes pictures, pronunciation, and suggested substitutes.


Tea Library

Ten Ren Tea Company

Contains information on different types of tea, the history of Chinese tea, and tea preparation.


The Food Lover's Companion: Epicurious Food Dictionary

Epicurious.com.

Search for over 4,000 food related terms.