Over the last 50 years, brussels sprouts have gone from reviled to revered. Here, 6 milestones in their history.
1960s—Overcooked and Stinky
Home cooks bring out brussels sprouts' worst side by subjecting them to endless boiling. Says New York Times' Frank Bruni, "When I was growing up… I would watch my mother eat these mushy, smelly things, and I would ponder the extent to which adults really did represent alien life forms."
1961—The French Way
Julia Child's brussels sprout recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking call for smothering the brassicas in cream, butter or both.