"I prescribed zwieback for an old lady, and she broke her false teeth on it. She demanded that I pay ten dollars for her...teeth. I began to think that we ought to have a ready-cooked food which would not break people's teeth. One night about three o'clock I was awakened by a phone call from a patient, and as I went back to bed I remembered that I had been having a most important dream. Before I went to sleep again I gathered up the threads of my dream, and found I had been dreaming of a way to make flaked foods.
The next morning I boiled some wheat, and while it was soft, I ran it through a machine Mrs. Kellogg had for rolling dough out thin. This made the wheat into thin films, and I scraped it off with a cake knife, and baked it in the oven.
That was the first of the modern breakfast foods. Later, I invented nearly 60 other foods to meet purely dietetic needs."
John Harvey Kellogg (1894) explaining how he invented flaked cereals.
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