AUGUST 23
Today in Food History

• National Spongecake Day (Sponge Cake Recipe)
  (Sponge Cake and Angel Food Cake Facts)

• How Cuban Sandwich Day was invented by a newspaper reporter. [Tampa Bay Times]

• St. Rose of Lima Day, patron of gardeners and florists
 

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1617 The first one way streets were established in London.  Seventeen one way streets were created to regulate "disorder and rude behaviour of Carmen, Draymen, and others using Cartes."

1813 Alexander Wilson died.  Scottish naturalist, ornithologist and poet. Founder of American ornithology

1858 'Ten Nights in a Barroom,' a melodrama about the evils of drink, opened at the National Theater in New York City.

1859 At the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City, the first elevator in an American hotel began operation.

1872 The first Japanese commercial ship to visit the U.S. arrives in San Francisco carrying a cargo of tea.

1902 Fannie Merrit Farmer opened Miss Farmer's School of Cookery in Boston, Massachusetts.  Author of the 'Fannie Farmer Cook Book', she was the the first cookbook author to use standard measurments - teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, etc.
(Fannie Farmer Short Bio)

1933 The film 'Dinner At Eight' premiered at the Astor theatre in New York City.

1955 Hail falls to a depth of 1 foot in Rushmore, Minnesota.

1994 Joyce Chen died (born Sept 14, 1917).  Chinese American Chef, restaurateur, author.  She is credited with popularizing northern-style Chinese cuisine in the U.S. Cookbook: 'The Joyce Chen Cook Book' (1962). PBS TV show: 'Joyce Chen Cooks' (1967).

2004 The French Parliament passed a bill to combat obesity among French youth.  The bill bans junk food and soft drink vending machines in French schools, and requires health warnings or an alternate tax on snack food and soft drink commercials.  The provisions become effective in September, 2005.

 

 

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