But thinking too much about food doesn't necessarily need to be a guilt trip about your meal. There's so much history behind each of the ingredients on your plate that to begin to delve into it all is to fall down a delightfully dizzying, nerdy rabbit hole. Take the patatas bravas on La Cuchara's menu, a drool-worthy tapas dish of potatoes with garlic, green onions, spice, and citrus that provide a beautifully complex flavor profile. The potato has its own long and storied history, what with its role in the Irish famine of the mid-19th century, but so does garlic. The pungent bulb has whole books dedicated to it, including Robin Cherry's "Garlic: An Edible Biography," an overwhelmingly comprehensive guide to its history, medicine, and mythology. Did you know there are more than 200 varieties of garlic? Or that the competitors in the first Olympics in 776 B.C. ate garlic in order to enhance their athletic performance? Or that in the 17th and 18th centuries, you could use garlic to pay your taxes in Siberia? (Cherry writes, "The tax rate was fifteen bulbs for a man, ten bulbs for a woman, and five for a child. Resist the temptation to try this with the IRS.") And these are mere excerpts from the story of just one ingredient in one meal—there's plenty more to talk about. I hope you're as excited as I am to start digging into the rich feast of culinary culture.