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Instagram Your Leftovers: History Depends on It

I am a culinary historian, and scrolling through the endless food on Instagram makes me hungry. No, not for the fresh-baked sourdough rolls nestled so prettily in a linen napkin or that jaunty tumbler of strawberry mousse sporting its shiny green sprigs of mint. They look delicious, but what really makes my mouth water is the thought of all the stories behind them — everything that happened in the kitchen before you picked up your phone and clicked.

I’m hungry for a look at the messy, bulging envelope where you

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