Today in History: January 21
1338 Charles V of France born. He commissioned Taillevent to write what would become the first professional cookery book written in France, ‘Le Viandier’. Forks were mentioned in an inventory during his reign. Many believe he died as a result of eating amanita mushrooms.
1912 Konrad Emil Bloch born, Nobel prize winner for book on cholesterol and fatty acids.
1949 Gennaro Contaldo born. Chef, restaurateur and author.
1985 James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author, dies in New York at age 81.