Onion rings were definitely created in the 20th Century as part of the Great Fast Food Boom, right? On the contrary, my deep-fried friends, onion rings have been around longer than the United States of America. We've written about historical cooking enthusiasts James Townsend & Son before, when they revealed their incredibly tasty-looking colonial fried chicken recipe for the Fourth of July. Much like that recipe, their onion rings seem somehow fresher and zestier (and cheesier!) than their modern equivalents—although there's no way to pretend they're not both cooked in a big ol' pot of boiling oil. (Recipe below)