EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF FOOD & BEVERAGES
Updated January, 2015. A calendar of food holidays, historical food events from ancient to modern times. Births, deaths, anniversaries, inventions, first, last, largest, smallest, longest, greatest. People, corporations, restaurants, books, movies, songs, radio, television, commercials, equipment, beverages, fruits, vegetables, animals, fish, and anything else having to do with food and drink history!
The various designated food & beverage related ‘days’ ‘weeks’ and ‘months’ listed in this food calendar come from many sources. Some are declared by Presidential proclamation or by Congress (National Bird Feeding Month), by other federal government organizations such as the USDA, FDA, or CDC (National Fiber Focus Month) or by State, County or City governments.
Other sources are Industry groups like the National Confectioners Association (National Chocolate Day), and the American Egg Board (Egg Salad Week). Some are designated by private groups like the Culinary Historians of Chicago (National Soul Food Month). Some are declared by individual companies like White Castle (National Hamburger Month). There are a few that are listed on many other websites, but if I am unable to verify a legitimate source, I will remove them from this website.
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Here are a three more very good ‘Timelines’ about Food and Agriculture:
• FoodTimeLine.org by Lynne Olver, Reference Librarian
• History of American Agriculture USDA Agriculture in the Classroom
• General Today in History: Those Were the Days
Here are some recommended books about the History of Food and Drink:
(The) Food Chronology: A Food Lover's Compendium of Events and Anecdotes, from Prehistory to the Present by James Trager
(The) Cambridge World History of Food
(2-Vol. Boxed Set) edited by Kenneth F. Kiple, Kriemhild Coneè Ornelas
Food in History by Reay Tannahill
From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals by Barbara Haber
(The) Origins of Fruit & Vegetables by Jonathan Roberts
Dangerous Tastes: The Story of Spices by Andrew Dalby
In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Foods
by Stewart Lee Allen
Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
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