NOVEMBER 30 - Today in Food History
• National Mousse Day
• The Great Pastry War Begins
• St. Andrew's Day, patron of fishermen
• UK: National Tree Week (Nov 29-Dec 7, 2014)
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1835 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born. American author, pen name Mark Twain, who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, etc. There are many quotes and descriptions about food and dining in his works. An example is: "A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die." (From 'A Tramp Abroad').
1838 The Great Pastry War. A brief conflict began today between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had pressed the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico. France decided to do something about it, and sent a fleet to Veracruz and fired on the fortress outside the harbor. They occupied the city on April 16, 1838, and through the mediation of Great Britain were promised payment of 600,000 pesos for the damages. They withdrew on March 9, 1839.
1858 John Landis Mason patented the Mason Jar.
1875 A.P. Ashbourne patented a biscuit cutter.
1875 A.J. Ehrrichson patented an oat-crushing machine.
1944 Rob Grill of the music group 'Grassroots' was born.
1983 Alfred Heineken, the president of Heinken (the beer) was released after being kidnapped on November 9. He was freed after a ransom was paid (over $20 million). The kidnappers were eventually caught.