The first thing human beings ingested? Water and ice. The latest? Deep-fried Coca-Cola. The Food Timeline was created by New Jersey reference librarian Lynne Olver to aid students intent on researching food history, and it’s a neat tool even for looky-loos. How else would we know that humans started eating apples sometime in 8000 BCE, but didn’t figure out how to make kimchi until the seventh century? Or that sushi arrived on our plates about 700 years before we filled our cups with coffee? Or that the prototypes for hot dogs came along about 100 years before the Aztecs invented salsa?

Me, I’m just excited that Space Food Sticks made the Food Timeline cut.

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