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 44 Pierre Thiam From West Africa to the world. Food Issue 44 Whip Up a Storm Cozy recipes for inclement weather. Arts & Culture Food Issue 43 Cold Comfort The plain decency of a doorstep casserole. Food Issue 42 Erchen Chang Bigger, better, bao-ier. Food Issue 41 A Mediterranean Supper Four citrusy recipes from the kitchen of Anissa Helou. Food Issue 41 An Herb Shop in Athens Herb specialist Evangelia Koutsovoulou treats Greek greens with the same reverence as wine and cheese.