AUGUST 9 - Today in Food History
• National Rice Pudding Day (Rice Pudding Recipes)
• National Farmers Market Week (Aug 6-12, 2017 1st full week in August)
On this day in:
1593 Isaak Walton was born. He is mainly known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature. It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.
1762 Mary Randolph was born. She was a Southern U.S. cookbook author, whose 'The Virginia Housewife' (1824) is considered the first cookbook of the American South, and one of the most influential cookbooks of the 19th century. It contains hints of the influence of African cooking on the cooking of the American South. Mrs. Randolph was also one of the first to use measurements in her recipes, rather than just a list of ingredients.
1827 Marc Antoine Desaugiers died (born Nov 17, 1772). French composer, song writer. Wrote many songs about the joys of the table. (Pleasures of the Table)
1842 The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed, ending the bloodless 'Pork and Beans War' (Aroostook war, 1838-39), a dispute over the boundry between the British colony of New Brunswick and the U.S. state of Maine along the St. Croix River.
[more info: New England Historical Society]
1881 Clarence Saunders was born (died Oct 14, 1953). Founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain in Memphis, Tennessee, the first true self-service grocery store (see also Sept 6, 1916).
1910 Alva J. Fisher of Chicago, Illinois patented an electric washing machine.
1911 John Gates died. Gates was an inventor, promoter and barbed wire manufacturer.
1978 France ended price controls on bread.
(French Bread Recipe)
1982 Diet Coke was introduced. (Coca-Cola Trivia)
1996 James McLamore died (born May 30, 1926). Co-founder, with David Edgerton, of Burger King.
(Burger King Trivia and Facts)