April 25, 2016 5:52 PM EDT

On Monday, the Republican presidential race returned to a subject that has deep roots in the history of American politics: what, where and how candidates eat while they campaign.

At an event in Rhode Island, candidate Donald Trump mocked the eating habits of his rival John Kasich, saying that he had “never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion.” (Kasich earned attention in New York for “going wild” with two helpings of spaghetti.)

It’s not the first time that the 2016 race has turned culinary, as Hillary Clinton’s hot sauce choices and Bernie Sanders’ soul-food sit-down have also garnered headlines. And candidates have long campaigned on their stomachs, breaking bread with citizens across the country as a way to demonstrate their solidarity with local people—and to keep up their energy on the long road toward Election Day. It has become, as the New York Times phrased it in 1976, “one of the more familiar rites” of an election year.

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To celebrate that rite, here’s a look back at some of the campaign chow that has graced the plates of America’s most famous politicians.

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Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com.

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