Humans may disagree on a lot, but we all love sausage. Whether you’re snapping into the casing of an Armenian sujuk, a Cantonese lap cheong, a German bratwurst or a Chicago-style frankfurter, the basic idea—small pieces of animal protein, fat and seasoning stuffed into a tube—has remained virtually unchanged in the millennia since its inception. The first discovery was that salt and smoke could keep meat fresh longer (the English word sausage derives from the Latin salsas, meaning “salted”). The next revelation was that undesirable casualties of the butchery process (entrails, viscera, skin, facial cartilage, connective tissue, etc.) could be made edible—and tasty!—when combined with chunks of fat and seasoning. And the final realization was all about efficiency: The whole thing could be conveniently packaged and easily transported within the (now empty) intestine of This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Food Issue 50 Sopa de Pan A Lil’ Deb’s Oasis recipe. Food Issue 49 Andy Baraghani Out of the kitchen, and onto your plates, shelves and screens. Food Issue 49 The Pizza Effect What happens when a trend is taken out of its country of origin, Americanized, and then re-injected into the zeitgeist at home? Food Issue 48 Rose Chalalai Singh On cooking for the art world elite. Food Issue 48 Thirst Aid Five alcohol-free cocktails for the summer. Arts & Culture Food Issue 47 Object Matters An itemized history of the menu.