Food & History: May 20 1506 Explorer Christopher Columbus dies. 1799 Honore de Balzac Born. Author and food enthusiast, Balzac would lock himself in a room when he had a spell of creativity consuming only fruit, eggs and coffee. When he took a break he consumed huge amounts of food. One report recalls that at […]
Food & History: May 14 1850 Joel Houghton of New York issued the first US Patent for a dishwashing machine. 1853 Gail Borden applies for a patent of condensed milk. 1908 Hungarian Nicholas Kurti born, he advocated applying scientific knowledge to the kitchen and coined the term ‘molecular gastronomy’. 1919 Henry John Heinz dies, founder […]
Food & History: May 12 1777 The first known ice cream advertisement appeared in the New York Gazette. 1889 John Cadbury dies, founder of Cadbury chocolate company. 1994 Roy J. Plunkett dies, inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) for cookware in 1938.
Today in History: April 16 1941 The original Elsie the Cow dies. She was originally a cartoon character appearing in ads for Borden Milk. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, when people began asking where Elsie was, Borden’s picked a cow and it stared in commercials, and in an RKO movie, ‘Little Men.’ Elsie […]
Today in History: April 4 1828 Casparus van Wooden in Amsterdam, patents chocolate milk powder. 1932 Vitamin C first isolated by CG King at the University of Pittsburgh. 1998 A locust plague in Ethiopia reported that covers almost 4,000 acres